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NCI Library Referencing Guide, 5th edition
At the NCI Library, we provide many resources to help students with citations and references throughout their written work.
The NCI Library Referencing Guide is the newest edition to our resources and is the 5th edition of our guide formally titled 1st Cite @ NCI. This edition provides information on the three key referencing styles currently used in the National College of Ireland - Harvard, APA and IEEE.
Hard copies of the NCI Library Referencing Guide are available in the Library and a link to the electronic copy is available on all of the library's LibGuides. Select the image to the left for a PDF copy.
Turnitin is a plagiarism detection software used by the National College of Ireland.
As an NCI student, you will be asked by your instructors to submit assignments through Turnitin (via Moodle) so that they can, in a routine manner, check for originality issues with your papers.
Check out the following video from Turnitin to find out more, particularly about Originality Check.
One key misunderstanding occurs when students view their similarity score which gives a percentage in terms of how much of their paper is similar to other sources.
This is not a 'plagiarism percentage' and there is no acceptable percentage of plagiarism: the only acceptable amount of plagiarism in a piece of academic writing is zero!
There are legitimate reasons why a piece of writing would have similarities to other texts, including, most obviously, where a passage has been directly quoted (but done so legitimately, i.e. using quotation marks and appropriate in-text citation). See our Referencing and Avoiding Plagiarism guide for help with this!
Similarity Report Colour Indicators
The colour of the report icon indicates the similarity score of the paper, based on the amount of matching or similar text that was uncovered. The percentage range is 0% to 100%. The possible similarity ranges are:
- Blue: No matching text
- Green: One word to 24% matching text
- Yellow: 25-49% matching text
- Orange: 50-74% matching text
- Red: 75-100% matching text