Academic Integrity and Referencing

“Academic integrity means a commitment to act with honesty, trustworthiness, fairness, respect and responsibility in all academic work. Academic integrity is the foundation of university life and is fundamental to the reputation of UniSA and its staff and students” (UniSA Assessment Policy & Procedures Manual, Section 9).

All members of the academic community are expected to demonstrate academic integrity. For students, this means:

  • taking your learning seriously
  • being honest in all of your academic work
  • demonstrating respect (to staff, students and others)
  • being responsible for your actions
  • showing fairness in every aspect of your work

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The Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) has developed a number of useful resources for students to assist with understanding of academic integrity, including how to identify, avoid and report illegal cheating services.

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Referencing is a key academic skill and is important in demonstrating academic integrity. In your uni assignments you will be asked to draw together ideas from a range of sources in support of your own thinking. It is essential to correctly cite those sources, both in the body of your work and in the reference list at the end for three main reasons:

  • To demonstrate the basis for your thinking;
  • To acknowledge the work of others; and
  • To allow the reader to consult those sources.

Sourced information can be presented in a number of ways.

  • directly quoting your source, word-for-word
  • paraphrasing, which is translating another person's ideas into your own words and in reduced form
  • summarising your source
  • reproducing or amending a diagram, image, formula, computer code or an artwork from your source.

Each source you quote, paraphrase, summarise, reproduce or amend content from, must be identified through referencing. If you don’t, you will leave yourself open to charges of plagiarism.

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You should adopt and be familiar with UniSA's Harvard referencing style, which is the primary style in use at the University.Remember, when referencing it is important to be thorough and pay attention to every little detail.

The Harvard Style

Learn how to use the Harvard style to reference your work.

Referencing Roadmap

Quickly work out how to reference a variety of sources in the Harvard style using the Referencing Roadmap.

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