Why do I Need to Cite?
Harvard referencing can be a confusing task, especially if you are new to the concept, but it’s absolutely essential. In fact, accurate and complete referencing can mean the difference between reaching your academic goals and damaging your reputation amongst scholars. Simply put - referencing is the citing of sources you have utilised to support your essay, research, conference or article etc.
Even if you are using our Harvard style citation generator, understanding why you need to cite will go a long way in helping you to naturally integrate the process into your research and writing routine.
Firstly, whenever another source contributes to your work you must give the original author the appropriate credit in order to avoid plagiarism, even when you have completely reworded the information. The only exception to this rule is common knowledge - e.g. Barack Obama is President of the United States. Whilst plagiarism is not always intentional, it is easy to accidentally plagiarize your work when you are under pressure from imminent deadlines, you have managed your time ineffectively, or if you lack confidence when putting ideas into your own words. The consequences can be severe; deduction of marks at best, expulsion from college or legal action from the original author at worst. Find out more here.
This may sound overwhelming, but plagiarism can be easily avoided by using our Harvard citation generator and carrying out your research and written work thoughtfully and responsibly. We have compiled a handy checklist to follow whilst you are working on an assignment.
How to avoid plagiarism:
- Formulate a detailed plan - carefully outline both the relevant content you need to include, as well as how you plan on structuring your work
- Keep track of your sources - record all of the relevant publication information as you go (e.g. If you are citing a book you should note the author or editor’s name(s), year of publication, title, edition number, city of publication and name of publisher). Carefully save each quote, word-for-word, and place it in inverted commas to differentiate it from your own words. Tired of interrupting your workflow to cite? Use our Harvard referencing generator to automate the process
- Manage your time effectively - make use of time plans and targets, and give yourself enough time to read, write and proofread
- When you are paraphrasing information, make sure that you use only your own words and a sentence structure that differs from the original text
- Save all of your research and citations in a safe place - organise and manage your Harvard style citations.
If you carefully check your college or publisher’s advice and guidelines on citing and stick to this checklist, you should be confident that you will not be accused of plagiarism.
Secondly, proving that your writing is informed by appropriate academic reading will enhance your work’s authenticity. Academic writing values original thought that analyzes and builds upon the ideas of other scholars. It is therefore important to use Harvard style referencing to accurately signpost where you have used someone else’s ideas in order to show that your writing is based on knowledge and informed by appropriate academic reading. Citing your sources will demonstrate to your reader that you have delved deeply into your chosen topic and supported your thesis with expert opinions.
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I'm writing my first major report for the year and I need to have an appendix with images, charts, etc, but I have no clue how to use one. My university gave us a "Harvard Referencing Guide" but it doesn't cover the use of an appendix, and after much googling, I still really don't know.
From what I can tell so far:
Appendix goes after the "references" page
For the in-text reference I just put (Appendix 1) for image 1, (Appendix 2) for image 2, etc.
When adding images to the appendix it goes like this; Appendix 1: Image of something do something. [image]
But then what? Shall I just add a typical reference to the references page? Do I need to add any text to the actual image to say where I got it from? Usually when referencing I would put the rough source in brackets... Such as (author date). Does that need including for the appendix images too?
Any help would be appreciated!
What you have said is correct. Appendices go after the References section, and are titled "Appendix A", "Appendix B" etc. You might be able to use numbers instead if you wish, but I only see published reports with lettered appendices.
All you need to do in the actual appendices is insert the image/chart you are referring to in-text and cite it as "Appendix A shows that..." or whatever you need to do to make it understandable. Make sure you title it, to explain what it is, for example "Appendix A: A bar chart showing...". Don't put appendices in reports and expect them to be self-explanatory, you must cite them in the main body of your report and explain how they contribute.
If you created the images/charts yourself, you don't need to reference them in your References section, but if you got them from another source you should. Put a citation underneath the image/chart if the source is not yours.
For example, in one of my assignments I had to put a questionnaire I did not design in the Appendix section, and I cited the authors and the date underneath it so the reader knows it didn't come from me.