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Library Guide Politics & Public administration: Referencing

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  About Plagiarism

Plagiarism at the Radboud University

Plagiarism can easily occur when you do not pay enough attention to citing correctly. Plagiarism violates the Radboud University's integrity and is an infringement of Dutch copyright law. It is considered a serious offensePunishments can range from a grade penalty or failure in the course to suspension or expulsion from the University. Please educate yourself in order to avoid unintended plagiarism!  

Background information

Check out the NSM Policies with regard to fraud & plagiarism. At you can find some further information with regard to plagiarism.


Click on the links to check out the resources mentioned below.


How to avoid plagiarism  (e-learning module of the Radboud University Library)

Goblin Threat Plagiarism Game (Tutorial of Snowden Library, Lycoming College, Pennsylvania).

  Referencing & citing APA style

Why do you cite literature or data sources? 

Check out the video below from NCSU libraries. If it doesn't play, check it out here.


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Citing sources in APA style HTML tutorial HTML tutorial
Radboud University Library e-learning module. 


Background information

American Psychological Association. (2020). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (Seventh edition.). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.


American Psychological Association. (2010). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (Sixth edition.). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.


American Psychological Association. (2012). APA style guide to electronic references (6th ed.). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.



APA Style Blog. The APA Style Blog is the official companion to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 7th Edition. It's run by a group of experts who work with APA Style every day. For the 6th edition see: Archive APA 6th blog


 Software tools

Reference tools

A reference management tool can really save you time and effort. Use a reference manager to store the references you collect while searching and evaluating literature and / or data. You can compile your own bibliography (list of references), automatically formatted in the style of your choice (e.g. APA style). In addition these tools may help you to:

  • organize your references

  • directly import references to a publication in APA style from various databases or search engines

  • create and save your notes together with the reference to the publication you read

  • save files for your research

  • share your references with others

Radboud University libguides:


  • Endnote

HTML tutorial

HTML tutorial

  • Zotero

HTML tutorial