Referencing is a standard convention within the academic and professional communities, which is designed to inform the reader of the sources of information used in a piece of written work.
There are a number of referencing systems in common use, with certain systems being preferred in different academic disciplines.
The 3 most widely used referencing styles at Flinders University are:
If you are unsure whether or not your written work may too closely resemble your source material, there is a web-based program available via Flinders University which may assist you to reduce unintentional plagiarism.
Flinders University is providing the opportunity for all enrolled students to use a text-matching software program called Turnitin. If you 'submit' an assignment to this program it will match the text from that assignment against multiple databases.
Turnitin generates a report which tells you the percentage of matching text. Refer to Flo for more information about Turnitin.