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Medical Laboratory Science Subject Guide: Referencing and EndNote

Resources relating to health and medical-related sciences and specifically for students intending to work in diagnostic pathology laboratories, medical research, and the medical or allied health care profession.

Why Referencing is Important

Whilst studying at CDU you are expected to write to an acceptable academic level. You will need to develop skills displaying academic integrity, which means being honest about your ideas and sources. Referencing, when done correctly, acknowledges the work of others and will prevent you from accusations of intellectual theft and plagiarism.

It also allows the reader to follow an idea, using the details provided, to locate the original publication. This could be because the reader is interested in the topic or because they wish to verify the details of the quotation, making sure the author hasn't been taken out of context.

CDU Library has created some guides to assist you with your referencing. The Health Online Tutorial gives a brief overview of the referencing processes and the styles available. The CDU Library Referencing LibGuide expands further on the reasons why it is important to reference correctly and also lists various styles of referencing such as CDU Harvard, CDU APA 6th, Vancouver and AGLC.

Avoiding Plagiarism

Plagiarism is the presentation of the ideas or words of another writer as if they were your own without giving acknowledgement of the source. This is more than just another form of cheating, it is literary theft.

The following guides will assist you to understand the appropriate processes.

Referencing video (audio version)

This short animated video explains why referencing is important, and how to make sure you reference correctly at CDU.

Audio required. Best viewed in full screen (full screen button is below the video on the right - next to the volume control). An alternative version of this video that doesn't require audio is at the bottom of this page.

Recording Citation Information

It is strongly encouraged that you record citation details for information sources as you go. When you locate a useful information source, record all the information that you will need for your referencing - you can use hand written notes, a word processing document, or bibliographic software such as EndNote (see below for more information about EndNote).

Just make sure you have all the information you'll need for referencing, so that you don't have to track down your sources all over again later!

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