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Life Sciences Subject Guide

An Academic Librarian guide for students


Plagiarism is the act of taking another person’s work and passing it off as your own, which amounts to theft. This includes information from web pages, books, songs, television shows, interviews, articles, artworks or any other medium. Whenever you paraphrase, summarise, or take words, phrases, or sentences from another person’s work, it is necessary to indicate the source of the information within your work and in a bibliography at the end. This is called referencing.

Most health programmes at the University of Northampton use the the Harvard System for referencing. If you need any help with your referencing, you can contact an Academic Librarian or a Learning Development tutor for advice.

There is a video, created by Bainbridge College,  should help you to understand what plagiarism is and how to avoid it.


The Life Sciences programme at the University of Northampton use the Harvard referencing system. Below you will find links to the University of Northampton Harvard referencing guides.

These guides are comprehensive, however if you would like help please contact an Academic Librarian or  Learning Development Tutor for further assistance.