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Acknowledging your sources

Science is a cooperative enterprise where new concepts, theories and hypotheses are built on the foundations of existing ideas. The context of your scientific report or essay is therefore the scientific work that has been done before. There are several reasons why you must reference as a Science student:

  • to acknowledge the source of an idea or fact
  • to permit the reader to trace the source of an idea or fact to its origin
  • to avoid plagiarism.

It is important to develop your skills in:

The Faculty of Science has a clear policy on plagiarism and further information on how to avoid plagiarism.

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