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Religious Studies: Citing & referencing

This guide is designed to support study in religion.

Avoiding plagiarism

While it may not be so important in some cultures to document sources of words, ideas, images, sounds, etc. in Australian culture it is. Failing to document sources correctly can result in a charge of plagiarism and have severe consequences.

When presenting ideas developed from researching and analysing existing knowledge you must acknowledge the sources of that knowledge so that:

  • the readers of your work can find the original sources
  • the authors of the original sources are given credit for their work
  • your research for the work is evident
  • your work has credibility

References are required whenever you cite words, information or ideas which are not your own. This includes:

  • direct quotations
  • theories, concepts or ideas
  • definitions (e.g. art movements or techniques)
  • images or artworks you use or refer to in your assignment.

You are not required to reference common knowledge.

Referencing style for Religion & Theology

Religious studies follows the footnote style for citing and referencing. For more detail, please refer to the History Department's Reference Instructions for Essays.

Other styles include Harvard, APA and Chicago. Examples of how to use these styles are available through the Citing and Referencing Library Guide and the Library online tutorial on Demystifying Citing and Referencing.

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