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Acknowledging sources

To share knowledge effectively we need to be open about the knowledge we have gained from other sources. We need to make it easy for the reader to locate and examine our sources.

By doing this we also avoid plagiarism, which means 'to take and use another person's ideas or work and pass these off as one's own by failing to give proper acknowledgement'. We need to recognise and honour the contribution of others.

As researchers, when we link our efforts to the work of others, we put our own work in context and allow distinctions and comparisons to be made.

Good referencing technique also demonstrates your skills as a researcher. It shows that you know your way around the world of knowledge.

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