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Psychology: Plagiarism

Good research and writing practice

About literature reviews

What is a literature review? Where do you begin? These chapters on literature reviews are in books held in the library:

Imel, S. (2011) Writing a literature review. In T.S. Rocco & T.G. Hatcher (Eds.), The handbook of scholarly writing and publishing (145-159) San Francisco, Calif. : Jossey-Bass/Wiley

Averyard, H. (2007) Why do a literature review in health and social care? In H. Averyard, Doing a literature review in health and social care : a practical guide (5-21) Maidenhead : McGraw-Hill Open University Press

Plagiarism checking tools

Tools for students

Some of the following tools are available only to students of the University of Oxford through Weblearn.

Read the University academic good practice page.

Check your knowledge and skills on good academic practice and avoiding plagiarism using these interactive online tutorials.

Consult books - suggested reading:

Neville, C. (2010). The complete guide to referencing and avoiding plagiarism (2nd ed.). Maidenhead: Open University Press. Title available in e-book and print format - shelfmark LB2369 NEV 2010 in the Radcliffe Science Library.  

Pears, R. & Shields, G.J. (2013). Cite them right: the essential referencing guide (9th ed.) Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. Title available in print format - shelfmark LB2369 PEA 2013 in the Radcliffe Science Library.


Resources on getting published

Interested in publishing your dissertation or thesis, or the results of your findings? You may be interested in these references:

Chapter 6 - The process of transforming the dissertation or thesis into publication in The handbook of scholarly writing and publishing.

Publishing your dissertation by Beth Azar in the APA gradPSYCH magazine.

How to write and publish a scientific paper by Robert A. Day and Barbara Gastel.


Are you having problems using electronic resources? Not getting the information you need? Or would you like an introductory session to start you off?

Contact your subject librarian.

Bodleian Libraries also run regular Information Skills workshops.

What is a DOI?

A DOI or Digital Object Identifier is a unique string of letters and numbers assigned to a published article made available electronically by a publisher. It provides a persistent, unambiguous link to the most recent version of an online item, and is a quick way to find an article cited in another work. It is used in the APA reference style for citing online references.

Example of the APA style:

Braddick, O., & Atkinson, J. (2011). Development of human visual function. Vision Research, 51(13), 1588-1609. DOI: 10.1016/j.visres.2011.02.018