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Edith Cowan University uses APA (6th edition) referencing style in most of its courses unless otherwise stated in the unit plan. One exception is the Bachelor of Laws course. This guide has been developed to assist undergraduate students with using APA 6th referencing style and contains examples of the most commonly referenced materials. For more detail, please refer to our comprehensive online Referencing Library Guide, where you will also find a link to the APA Style Central database. If you are unsure that APA is the correct style to use for your work, please consult your unit plan or contact your lecturer or unit coordinator. Why should I reference? Referencing is an essential part of writing at university. It is necessary to reference the information sources you have used in your work to: • acknowledge the work of other writers; • enable other researchers to trace your sources; • demonstrate the depth of your research; and • support your arguments or opinions put forward in your work. By acknowledging the work of others, you avoid plagiarism. Plagiarism is a form of academic misconduct and is taken very seriously at university and can lead to possible exclusion from a course. Plagiarism is where you either intentionally, or unintentionally, fail to acknowledge other writers’ words, ideas, or concepts, and/or claim the words, ideas, and concepts as your own. However, the use of common knowledge in your discussion is not considered to be plagiarism (i.e. the sk ...
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