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Fitness: Assignment Essentials

What is referencing?

What is Referencing?

Referencing is a standardised method of acknowledging sources of information used in the creation of a piece of written work. In TAFE there are two main methods of referencing used:

Check with your teacher which method to use.

Referencing Guides

The guides may be viewed online or printed off for convenience.

Why should I reference my work?

  • Demonstrates that you have researched and considered the ideas of others in developing your argument.
  • Provides the person marking the work with the specific names, dates and location of the information sources that you have used.
  • Ensures that you are not guilty of plagiarising.

Research skills

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Information Skills tutorials

Please contact us, or drop into your local library if you would like more assistance.

Website evaluation

The CRAAP Test Edit/DeleteQuick Stats

Use the CRAAP test to evaluate websites.
CURRENCY: The timeliness of the information
RELEVANCE: The importance of the information for your needs
AUTHORITY: The source of the information; and the authority of the author
ACCURACY: The reliability, truthfulness and correctness of the information
PURPOSE: The reason the information exists
Use the CRAAP Test Worksheet  to assess your Internet sources

What is plagiarism?

Plagiarism occurs when a person uses another person's ideas, writing or work and does not acknowledge the original source. Plagiarising the work of another can result in severe penalties, possibly subject failure. Please refer to the Use of TAFE NSW Internet and Intranet Services Policy .

To avoid plagiarism all students are expected to acknowledge the work of others, most often by using in-text citations and a list of references used at the end of your assessment. Please contact your teacher for specific requirements.

For more information about plagarism go to: HSC- All my own work - Plagiarism or watch this evideo:

What is copyright?

Copyright gives authors and creators legal protection over their works including the right to grant or deny permission to others to reproduce it. An idea cannot be copyright, only the way that idea is expressed in a work.

A 'work' can range from a novel to a painting, a photograph, a webpage, computer software and much more.

Smartcopying is the official guide to copyright issues for Australian schools and TAFE, and includes a fact sheet 'Students and copyright'.

The Australian Copyright Council provides information sheets on a variety of copyright topics.

Study skills

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