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Papers on the same subjects will use similar terminology, and draw on the ideas and research that has gone before. However, it is also expected that credit it given to sources by referencing them.

  • Readers can then find the original sources and see if ideas are adequately represented
  • It shows the author is not trying trying to claim another's ideas as their own (plagiarism)

References are presented in a shortened form in the text and in full as a reference list, using a citation style to display them in a standardised and comprehensive way.

All students at Trinity College Dublin are expected to familiarise themselves with the content of the Library's Avoiding Plagiarism site, which gives guidance on referencing, including an online tutorial and examples of different citation styles.


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