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Academic integrity, plagiarism, academic writing, and reference styles

Plagiarism and academic integrity

Below you will find a couple of examples of literature on reference management and plagiarism:

Stern, L. (2007). What every student should know about avoiding plagiarism. Pearson Longman.

This book provides useful checklists and tips on to avoid plagiarism.

Neville, C. (2010). The complete guide to referencing and avoiding plagiarism (2nd ed.). Open University Press.

This is a thorough easy-to-read review of how to reference different types of sources as well as how to make references and in-text citations. The book also discusses reference styles, including Harvard, APA, and MLA.

Make sure to familiarize yourself with the rules that apply in your own organization. has found inspiration on the following platforms:

San Jose State University. Plagiarism.

Fairfield University. Academic Integrity Tutorials.

Academic writing

Below you will find suggestions for additional readings on academic writing:

Bitsch Olsen, P., & Pedersen, K. (2008). Problem-oriented project work: A workbook (2nd ed.). Roskilde University Press.

This book provides insight into all aspects of working and writing in teams.

Graff, G., Birkenstein, C., & Durst, R. K. (2009). “They say – I say”: The moves that matter in academic writing (Rev. ed.). W.W. Norton & Co.

Based on the notion of “research as a conversation”, this book addresses a number of different problems in academic writing.

McMillan, K., & Weyers, J. (2010). How to write essays & assignments . Prentice Hall.

McMillan, K., & Weyers, J. D. B. (2007). How to write dissertations & project reports. Prentice Hall.

These two books together cover the entire spectrum of academic writing for students.

More on reference styles

Before you settle on a reference style, make sure to check if your organization or your programme dictates a specific style or if you are free to choose yourself. And even if your are free to choose, it is always a good idea to double-check with your supervisor who may have strong feelings, good or bad, about certain styles.
Below you will find guides to some of the most popular styles.

APA from the American Psychological Association is used primarily in the social and behavioral sciences. You will find a guide to APA right here.

The Chicago style is used primarily in the humanities. You will find a guide right here.

The Vancouver style is used primarily in the medical and health sciences. You will find a guide to Vancouver created by the National Library of Medicine right here

MLA style from the Modern Language Association of America is used primarily in language, rhetoric, and culture studies. Yoo will find a guide to MLA right here.

For a full catalogue of reference styles, please check out the Zotero Style Repository