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    I'm doing A Level Applied Science summer work and I haven't been able to do it as I just don't understand it that much. I've got to research what plagiarism is and write no more than 500 words explaining what constitutes plagiarism as well as the work needing to be fully referenced. And it's suggested these sites:
    Then it gives me a Referencing Guidance which I really don't understand.
    Please help me understand it a bit better...

    What I've always been told is that if the person reading your work could reasonably assume something you've written is your own work, but it's not, you should reference it.

    It's better to be safe rather than sorry, whatever you get from papers, books, etc. just reference it. Hell, half of studying science is drawing on good sources to help justify your conclusions.

    In academia, assuming you are not copying someone's language (a big no-no that will get caught), if you get an idea, interpretation, or unexpected facts, you should reference with footnote. In journalism, unless you copy someone's words, using someone else's ideas is a compliment. Thus, it is as complicated as it seems.
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