Good academic practice to avoid plagiarism

R21–0784 MATS21220

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It’s on Mats 21220 Year 2 FBT Tutorial


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Hello again!

In this resource you are going to practice how you can improve your academic practice through note-making and incorporating the work of others into your writing for assessments so that you can avoid plagiarism.

Avoiding plagiarism

Activity: work through the following tutorial.

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Good academic practice

In this section we are going to cover in more detail some of the good academic practice that the Avoiding Plagiarism tutorial referred to. Specifically, a good note-making strategy that will support your original thinking and writing along with ways that you can incorporate the work of others into your writing.


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It is crucial to record the source of all of the notes that you make to make it easier to see where quotes, ideas and data come from as you use your notes to write. Ensure that your notes includes all of those details from the source like author, title and links so that you can reference the source within your writing.

It is valuable to remember why all these details are a valuable part of your academic practice.

  • Informs the reader of the sources that you have used.
  • Demonstrates your depth of reading and understanding of your topic.
  • Separates your ideas from the ideas and content of others.
  • Reinforces your own arguments and statements.
  • Acknowledge the work of others and position your own work in relation to others.

You can use a system like Cornell Notes to help.

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Referencing in your writing

Once you have your notes with all of the important details then you can use them to write. Below listen to Anna explain the 3 methods to incorporate the work of others into your writing.

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Activity: Being a part of the conversation

Academic writing expects you to be able to refer to the work of other authors and for you to add to the conversation. Doing this effectively will mean that you uphold the academic integrity of your work and avoid plagiarism.

Use the strategy below to practice positioning your thinking alongside others. We have provided an example to help you.

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The storyboard enables you to visualise your words alongside others and add your thinking that links other’s ideas to yours. This in turn informs your writing.

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In summary

This resource has explored how you can develop your academic practice to avoid plagiarism. It has covered how you write about other sources and how to use a consistent note-making technique to record the details of what you read.

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Google Notebook:

Welcome and introduction

In this session you will cover the following looking at how others reference work within their writing so that you can feel confident about incorporating the work of others within your writing and simultaneously avoid plagiarism.

  • Analyse an excerpt from a paper to see how authors incorporate references smoothly into their writing.
  • Examine how authors frame references alongside their own voices to create a clear message.
  • Reflect individually upon feedback and identify an action that can be taken to improve referencing.

Why we reference

Lets start by thinking again why we reference in different types of writing

  • Informs the reader of the sources that you have used.
  • Demonstrates your depth of reading and understanding of your topic.
  • Separates your ideas from the ideas and content of others.
  • Reinforces your own arguments and statements.
  • Acknowledge the work of others and position your own work in relation to others.

These are listed in the content from me in your unit Bb space and underpin the context for referencing in academic work.

In this session I would like to further explore how you can smoothly integrate references into your own writing so that your writing expresses your own views with clarity — differentiating your ideas and views from those of others.

When you are writing you have decisions to make about what you choose to reference to make what you are thinking easily accessible for the reader.

Today we are going to analyse a piece of published academic writing.

Today you are going to be the reader and I am going to ask you to consider a piece of writing from the readers view point. We will look at:

  • How the author uses references to frame their key message
  • and their value — showing significance.
  • Where they use their own voice.

Activity: analysing a text

Using a shared notebook lets do the following.

Please read the excerpt from the following journal article. Then follow the following steps.

You can highlight the text and add comments.

Kim, J., Melton, R., Min, J.E. and Kim, B.Y. (2020), “Who says what?: exploring the impacts of content type and blog type on brand credibility, brand similarity and eWOM intention”, Journal of Fashion Marketing and Management, Vol. 24 №4, pp. 611–630. (log-in maybe required)

1. Read the text and identify one example where you are drawn to the author referencing someone else’s work — highlight the text (Time to read 3 mins & time to highlight 3 mins)

2. Why were you drawn to this section? What is the author expecting you to know? How does the author show the reference is relevant or significant? Look at how they reference the paper, where in the text it is positioned — add a comment (8 mins)

3. Locate where the author has integrated their own voice to explain the reference. Can you find an analysis of the references/data to answer their research question, or provide an argument for or against something.- highlight the text (time to find analysis 4 mins)

Now I would like you to consider how doing this analysis of a paper might help you improve your writing. What have you learnt about referencing in you academic writing?

Write this down in your notepad/word doc and if you are willing to share then share in the chat.

When writing you can use similar approaches to incorporating evidence and ensuring that the reader can see the difference between which is your voice and that of others, represented by a reference.

It is worth reflecting upon the following questions:

  • Why are you citing this paper? — what will it tell the reader?
  • What value are you placing on the paper? — will the reader see the relevance to your message/title. (will also influence how and where you reference it)
  • Is the answer to these questions available within your writing?
  • Is your voice distinct from the authors that you are referencing?

Next time that you are writing — try applying these checking questions

It is valuable of course to ensure that you are using a good note-making technique so that you are clear who said what. Do look at the content in Blackboard for this so that you making a note of what you need.


Finally I would like you to reflect upon what we have covered. To do this please consider any recent feedback that you might have received that relate to referencing within your academic writing — whether that is an essay or a report.

Now what action you will take next time you are writing and are expected to reference based on what you have learnt. This can be a very small action.

Share that on the final page of the Google Doc anonymously.



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