Referencing and plagiarism

In this guide you’ll learn about the Harvard referencing style, that uses references in two
places: a reference list at the end of the piece as well as in the text.
In general, each author’s name that appears in the text must also appear in the reference list
and every work in the reference list must also be referred to in the main text. All the details of
the reference are important, including full stops and commas.
In-text references in Harvard style should give the author’s surname and the year of the
work’s publication. If you quote or paraphrase, you should also give a page number. Check
out the following Berea Group of Colleges Quick Reference Guide for more examples:

BCT Harvard referencing guide

Mendeley is a free reference manager that can help you store, organize, note,
share and cite references and research data:

Plagiarism is presenting someone else’s work or ideas as your own, with or without their consent, by incorporating it into your work without full acknowledgement. All published and unpublished material, whether in manuscript, printed or electronic form, is covered under this definition. Plagiarism may be intentional or reckless, or unintentional. Under the regulations for examinations, intentional or reckless plagiarism is a disciplinary offence.


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Directory of open access journals is a community-curated online directory that indexes and provides access to high quality, open access, peer-reviewed journals. Available:

African Journals Online (AJOL) is the world’s largest and preeminent platform of African-
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The Scientific Electronic Library Online (SciELO) SA is South Africa’s premier open-access (free to access and free to publish) searchable full-text journal database in service of the South African research community. Available:


The library policy applies to all students, academic, academic support and non-academic staff
of Berea College of Technology:

A15 -Library Policy

The following Student Code of Conduct sets out the standards of conduct expected of
students. It holds individuals responsible for their actions.


In the following policy, we outline the definition of plagiarism, our expectations around
acknowledging your dependence on the ideas or words of others and how to clearly identify
your own work from that of your sources.


What you can find in the library

  • – Prescribed text-books
  • – Recommended text-books
  • – General text-books
  • – Online database
  • – Information literacy workshops 
  • – Computer and internet access
  • – Printing and photocopying facilities
  • – Assignment assistance
  • – Past year exam papers