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Do I need to reference everything?


There are very clear rules around what needs to be referenced and what does not.

Some things are not regarded as plagiarism, such as general knowledge, history and facts.

You do not need to cite: You do need to cite:
WorldGeneral knowledge SpeakingOther people's ideas or words
BookHistorical overviews ArtworkOther people's images or art
ThoughtsYour own ideas or conclusions ChartsStatistics

Activity: Knowledge check

Read the following scenarios and select the correct answer.