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5.3 How can you appropriately acknowledge the support of others?

This really is about respect - respect for the ideas of others and not claiming others' work as your own. There is no problem referring to the ideas of others as long as you acknowledge them appropriately. You need to be clear about your referencing, the way in which you acknowledge others' work and/or ideas and the way in which you cite your sources, whether they are written or not.

What do you need to cite when working in groups?

The following types of source materials should be acknowledged:

advertisements

other students' work

others' ideas

blogs

encyclopedia articles

personal interviews

CDROMs and DVDs

letters

pictures

magazines

maps

TV programs

pamphlets

journals

newspapers

movies

artworks

teachers

lecturers

books

websites

emails

discussion groups

music

The following types of sources do not need to be acknowledged:

  • Your own experiences
  • Your own experimental results
  • Common knowledge

Common knowledge includes:

  • facts that are commonly known (eg there are twelve months in a year)
  • facts that are so well known that they are easily available in a number of different kinds of sources (eg World War II began in 1939)
  • commonsense observations (eg interest rates going up will affect mortgage payments).

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