Plagiarism is defined by the University Student Regulations as 'the significant use by a student of other people's work and the submission of it as though it were is or her own'. You can avoid plagiarism with correct referencing.
This is the De Montfort University referencing tutorial to help you develop your skills in referencing.
When writing a piece of work you should provide references to the sources used. A reference is the detailed bibliographic description of the item you used to gain information e.g. author, title, date and place of publication, publisher. References are briefly cited within the text, and then given in full at the end of your work in a Reference List.
References are used to:
Some databases like the Ebsco and ProQuest databases can help you with referencing by providing a 'Cite' button for the articles you find. However, you will need to make some amendments to the citation suggested to comply with the referencing style in use by your department. Pay particular attention to punctuation and capitalization.
For ProQuest databases, the style nearer to DMU Library Harvard is Harvard-British Standard but you need to put the year in bracket.
For Ebsco databases, the style nearer to DMU Library Harvard is APA but you will need to capitalize the author's name and in some cases 'uncapitalize' the article title.
RefWorks is a reference management software package supported by the university. It enables you to:
Note: it is very important that you do not rely solely on online tools to produce your references. Always check your student handbook for advice from your Department about referencing.
Other reference management tools
A number of bibliographic tools are freely available on the Internet. However, they may not include DMU Harvard as a referencing style
Here is a small selection: