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Finance and Tax Library Guide: Referencing & Citation

Guide for library resources for UCT Finance students


You must always acknowledge the sources that you consulted when preparing your work. Failing to acknowledge your sources is construed as plagiarism.

The University of Cape Town has its own Handbook on citation and related matters, prepared by Professor Karin de Jager of the Centre for Information Literacy and our own Dianne Steele. The handbook can also be obtained from your faculty office.

Organising your references & compiling a bibliography

The University of Cape Town has a campus-wide license to RefWorks and Endnote. These reference management tools allow you to save citations to your own web-based database whilst reading articles for your research project.

When writing your own article you can choose the referencing style required to create the bibliography and easily change the style later if necessary. Register for these services and follow the tutorial link on the RefWorks page or go to the Help tab of this guide.


Plagiarism is a dishonest act of attempting to take someone else’s ideas, writing, design or research and presenting them as your own.

This is viewed very seriously by UCT and may lead to expulsion. To avoid plagiarism it is important to cite and reference your sources.

Plagiarism Declaration

UCT's Plagiarism Policy with Declaration form is available at:

Avoiding Plagiarism - a Guide for Students