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Developing good academic practice
Developing good academic practice

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1.3 Reproducing someone else’s words

Academia is all about using the work, thoughts and ideas of others to create new meaning and understanding. However, it is vital that you demonstrate your academic integrity and acknowledge the use of other people’s work in a fair and transparent manner, allowing others to see what your own thoughts and ideas are.

As such, it is often advantageous to quote someone else’s words or to make reference to their work in your assignments, to provide evidence of a breadth of reading and/or provide some support to what you are saying.

To ensure you acknowledge other people’s work fairly and in accordance with expected practices, you may find the section on referencing a helpful one to review.