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What is academic integrity?

Academic integrity means acting honestly and transparently in your academic work, acknowledging ideas and information from your readings by citing your sources correctly. For Melbourne High School students it ties in with the school's mission and values, and is your commitment to the disclosure you signed when becoming a Melbourne High student.

Students are expected to develop a strong sense of personal integrity and a commitment to active citizenship.

Learning how to behave with academic integrity at school prepares you for academic life at university. All universities are clear about the importance of academic integrity:

University of Melbourne: Academic integrity is the way you demonstrate good scholarship, by:

  1. Being honest and ethical in scholarly work.
  2. Acknowledging the work and ideas of others.
  3. Using your own words.

Monash University's guidelines are similar.

And what is plagiarism?

  • Presenting work or ideas that are not your own for assessment is plagiarism.
  • Failing to properly acknowledge where the work or idea came from is dishonest and unacceptable. This applies to all written documents, interpretations, computer software, designs, music, sounds, images, photographs, and ideas that were created by someone else.

University of Melbourne. (2023, February 15). Plagiarism, collusion and other examples of misconduct. Academic integrity.

Read about plagiarism, collusion and other examples of academic misconduct on the University of Melbourne website.


Your assignment requires a bibliography or reference list. What do you do?  Include a list of urls at the bottom of the page? No!
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  1. By providing clear guidelines in this guide
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First things first: Make sure you understand the terms:

Referencing - the process of giving credit to the original owner(s) of the material you may use in your work.

Citation - the way you tell readers that some material in your work came from another source.

What is the difference between a reference list and a bibliography?

A reference list is used with in-text referencing styles (eg. APA) and it includes details of all sources you have cited in alphabetical order.

A bibliography is a list of all the sources you used to generate your ideas about the topic including those cited in your assignment as well as those you did not cite. The bibliography is in alphabetical order.



Acknowledging your sources

When submitting an essay or other piece of academic work, you need to properly acknowledge the material that you have consulted. This allows others who read your work to verify facts or research the same information more easily. Acknowledgment may be in the form of  in text citations, footnotes, endnotes and/or a bibliography. For a simple assignment at MHS, a reference list is usually enough.


Remember to record bibliographic information

At the time of reading an information source, record all of the bibliographic information (descriptive elements) necessary to create a citation. You can either use referencing software or record manually. It is vital to be accurate and clear at this stage to save time verifying these things later on. 

The information you should record:

  • Author(s)/editor(s).
  • Title.
  • Edition (1st, 2nd, reprint ed. revised ed. etc.).
  • Page numbers for direct quotations.
  • Place of publication.
  • Publisher.
  • Date of publication.
  • Web address if online resources and Date Accessed.

Introduction to citing and referencing your sources

Take this quiz to see if you understanding what needs a citation

The ethical use of information (La Trobe University)