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International Relations

Help with Referencing

Common referencing styles used in International Relations are Harvard and Oxford.

Harvard style is an Author-Date system and looks like this intext; (Neville 2010). 

And like this in your Reference List;

Neville, C 2010, The complete guide to referencing and avoiding plagiarism, Open University Press, New York.

Oxford is a footnoting system and contains two parts intext. A number in superscript intext and a footnote at the bottom of the page;

1 C Neville, The complete guide to referencing and avoiding plagiarism, 2nd edn, Open University Press, New York, 2010, p. 25

And like this in your Reference List;

Neville, C, The complete guide to referencing and avoiding plagiarism, 2nd edn, Open University Press, New York, 2010.

Want to learn more about these styles. Use our online help Referencing study guide or attend one of our Referencing Workshops.

Licensing and Creative Commons

When you are adding images, videos and other content that you did not create to your presentation, it is important to make sure that you are not violating anyone's copyright. There are two ways to do this:

  • find public domain content for your presentations. Works in the public domain may be used freely without the permission of the former copyright owner. However, it is advisable to provide attribution for the work, or keep a record of the attribution of the work, so that you or other interested parties can find it later.
  • use Creative Commons (CC) licenced content, as long as you ensure that you correctly attribute the content to it's creator and meet the terms of the licence under which the media is offered. CC licences allow the creator of the work to select how they want others to use the work. When a creator releases their work under a CC licence, members of the public know what they can and can’t do with the work. This means that they only need to seek the creator’s permission when they want to use the work in a way not permitted by the licence.

Here are some Creative Commons sites:

Bibliographic Referencing Software

Keeping your references well organised can be tricky but there are tools to help you stay on top of it all. EndNote and Mendeley are two products that the Library can help you with. Click on the link below to download the software and learn more;

Academic Integrity

What is academic integrity and why is it so important? How can you make sure you are practising academic honesty? The Academic Integrity for Students iLearn unit will teach you about this important aspect of university. Click on the link below and self-enrol in this community unit.

For more information regarding academic integrity and Turnitin, follow the links below;