Your primary responsibility in submitting assignments is to present your own, original work for assessment. At the same time you are encouraged to use journal articles, books and other references to develop your ideas, and to substantiate your arguments and opinions.
Using someone else's idea is not cheating, provided you:
- Acknowledge the source of that idea as an in-text citation in the body of your assignment;
- List the full reference in a bibliography or reference list at the end of the assignment.
To do this properly, you need to understand what is meant by quoting and paraphrasing.
Quoting is using the exact words of another author.
If you make a quotation, your in-text citation should include the page on which the words were found.
Short quotations should be enclosed with single (' ') or double quotation marks (" ").
Long quotations should be indented or italicised. Quotation marks are not necessary.
Paraphrasing is writing the ideas of another author in your own words.
If you paraphrase another author, you still need to provide an in-text citation.
If your words are a summary of the author's work as a whole, then a page number is not needed in the in-text citation.
However, if the idea you summarise is made on a particular page in the original work, then a page number is required.