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The importance of referencing

Most written work will need to include sections or ideas from other people’s work. This is normal in the academic world. However, this MUST be referenced properly, whether it’s from an online source or from a physical book. A student must reference the following if applicable: text, data, images, sound and performance.


  • If you don’t reference correctly, even by accident, it will be treated as plagiarism.
  • If you’ve used someone else’s work and not properly referenced that person/source, it is more than likely that you WILL be found guilty of plagiarism.


What happens if I don’t reference?

  • If you don’t reference your work correctly, it could mean you fail a module and will have to repeat or, at worst, you could be expelled from the college.
  • There are various software systems in place in the college which can check if your work has been copied from the internet so take our advice and DO NOT COPY AND PASTE FROM THE INTERNET –even if you think it’s an obscure site!


How Do I reference?

Click here for an in depth guide to referencing using the Harvard referencing system

Click here for a step by step guide to footnoting for history students


Alternatively, you can call into the ALC and they can help you out.

Academic Learning Centre drop-in hours:

Limerick Campus
Monday to Thursday 10am –12pm and 2pm – 4pm
Located: C1, C3, C4 (Between the Library Building & the Foundation Building)
Phone: 061-204373


Thurles Campus
When: Mondays 10am–1pm and 2–5pm.
Where: P203 and P204.
Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
For optional Gaeilge classes (group & individual) contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


The SU’s Involvement…

If you are accused of plagiarism then we strongly encourage you to contact the SU for advice. Either the President or Vice President can act as a rep for you and support you if you have to meet with a lecturer over plagiarism (or any issue for that matter).