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Academic Honesty: How to be honest

Information about Academic Honesty, compiled by your Librarians

How to be honest

There are several skills that will help you to be academically honest: understanding how to cite and reference the sources you use; learning how to quote, summarise, and paraphrase effectively; and knowing how to find and ethically use images, videos, and music. See below for more information on each of these topics.   

Using Citations and References

One of the most important ways to avoid plagiarism is to ensure all the sources you use are correctly cited and referenced in your work. References will tell your reader where you got your information from, what kind of resource it is and will enable them to go and find that source if they wish. ALL information included in your work must be referenced, the only information which doesn't need to be referenced is 'common knowledge'. 

Common knowledge is anything that:

  • is likely to be known by a lot of people
  • can be found in a general reference resource, such as a dictionary or encyclopedia

Here at Tanglin Trust School we use the Harvard Anglia referencing system. This system involves the use of citations in the body of your text and a list of references, which relate to those citations. 

 Find out more

Find out more information about adding citations and references to your work in our 'How to...Use the Harvard-Anglia Referencing system' libguide.

Quoting, Summarising and Paraphrasing: A Guide to Doing It Right

The video below talks in detail about how to quote, summarise, and paraphrase honestly and ethically. Knowing how to use your sources is an essential part of being academically honest. 

Finding and Using Images, Videos, and Music

Creative Commons (CC) is a non-profit organisation that enables sharing and reuse of images, music, videos and more through the provision of free licensing tools. This often means they can be used without seeking permission from the original owner but you must still cite and reference each item in your work. Find out more about Creative Commons in the video below, on the 'Copyright' page of this libguide, or explore our 'How to... Find images to use in your school work' libguide.