At university, you are required to use references to support your views in assignments and to acknowledge the sources from which you draw your information.
References are required whenever you cite words, information or ideas which are not your own. This includes:
You are not required to reference common knowledge.
For more detailed information see the Avoiding Plagiarism tutorial
Your assessment instructions may indicate the use of a particular 'Style'. Many Geoscience students will be required to submit their work in the style of the Australian Journal of Earth Sciences. This is an Author / Date style and full instructions can be found at the journal's website.
If you are unsure, check with your lecturer or supervisor to confirm in what styles you are required to submit your papers.
The Library has an online tutorial on Citing and referencing, which includes examples of several different styles. Please contact your librarian if you require further advice. See also the Citing and Referencing library guide.
A DOI (digital object identifier) is a unique alphanumeric code for persistent identification of an electronic item on the Internet.
A DOI name may look something like this DOI: 10.1080/10911359.2011.535733
If you have a DOI and want to see the matching citation (or the full-text if you have access), use a DOI resolver http://dx.doi.org/, or try pasting the DOI into a Google search.
Plagiarism is defined as taking, using, and passing off as your own, the ideas or words of another. It is a very serious academic offence, and can result in your work being failed automatically. The best way to avoid it is to take careful notes of where you find your information, and always acknowledge the work of others. Such work may include sections of text, quotations, original ideas, graphics, diagrams, charts, tables and figures.
Read the Monash University Plagiarism policy
Test your knowledge of plagiarism with this short quiz