Using research papers: Citations, referencing and plagiarism

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Whenever we quote or refer to someone else’s work we need to add the citation in the text and include a reference at the end of the work e.g. report, essay, research paper, literature review and presentations. Two papers in the journal started to cover aspects of this topic “Research for medical illustrators: searching for references” in 2001 and more recently a Learning and CPD worksheet looking at “Google scholar and e-journals”.

As we look to expand our skills, learn new techniques and expand medical illustration as an area of knowledge we need to use research papers, i.e. references, to support our work. This Learning and CPD worksheet looks at citing, referencing and plagiarism as well as how check your references and think about using reference management software.

Task 1 – Familiarize yourself with the citation and reference system you should be using.

Task 2 – Using a recent piece of writing run it through a checking tool and see if it comes up to scratch.

Task 3 – Have a look at the different reference managers and look at how they could help you manage all the research papers you are using.

On completion of this learning activity you will be able to:
  • Recognise the importance of correctly citing and referencing sources to avoid plagiarism.
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