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VETS50003 Selection & Interpretation of Lab Tests

The importance of citation

Citing the sources you use is important, because if you draw upon other people's work in your writing and research and do not acknowledge those sources, you can be accused of plagiarism. Citations also allow your readers to follow up sources you have referred to enabling the sharing of ideas. More information on why citing is important.

All scholarship builds upon the work of others. When you use the work of others, you must acknowledge it appropriately for several reasons:

  • To make a clear distinction between your own ideas and those of others
  • To give credit to those whose ideas you have drawn upon
  • To avoid plagiarism
  • To allow the reader to trace your sources and asses your interpretation of ideas drawn from them

(Academic Skills Unit, 2013).


University of Melbourne (2011). Academic honesty and plagiarism, retrieved from

Referencing Software

There are various referencing programs available that will assist you with citing and referencing. Your choice will be influenced by:

  • Whether you are undergraduate or post graduate
  • Whether you are doing a higher degree by Research or coursework
  • Personal preference

For a guide to the available software, have a look at Managing References