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History, Politics and Social Sciences: Plagiarism and Referencing


Copyright protects all original works: essays, novels, poems, photographs, music, and many more. It protects the author's right to decide how their work is used, and places restrictions on re-use of any original work, or part of. 

You are permitted to quote, or make photocopies or scans of, material for  your own research/private study, providing that you make one copy for yourself only, that does not exceed the following:

  • 5% or one chapter of a book, whichever is the greater.
  • 5% or one whole article from a journal, whichever is the greater.
  • 5% or one whole paper from a set of conference proceedings or published report of judicial proceedings, whichever is the greater.
  • 5% of an anthology of short stories or poems; or one short story or one poem of no more than 10 pages, whichever is the greater.

Broadcasting/using sections of recorded material (video, audio, or both) is permitted for educational purposes - including examination i.e. using clips in a film submitted for your dissertation. However, always cite your quotations, as you would with written material.


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iPROGRESS is a collection of learning resources aimed at helping you use information effectively and ethically in your academic work. There are five modules within iPROGRESS:

  • Locating Information for an Academic Project;
  • Bibliographic Citation;
  • Avoiding Plagiarism;
  • Finding Quality Information on the Internet;
  • Effective Use of Social Media

Completion of iPROGRESS can help enhance your employability skills. If you complete all the modules, you will be awarded with a Moodle badge which you can use to obtain Employability Passport points.

Find iPROGRESS on the My Learning tab in the Student Portal.

Cite Them Right Online

Show me how to reference...

Learning to reference correctly is a vital skill for anyone in academia. Cite them right online will help students to reference almost any source, and to understand why this is important.

Citation Management Software

A brief guide to Zotero, which allows you to retrieve, store and organise references. Also demonstrates how to use Zotero to record citations and create bibliographies within MS Word documents.