What Went Wrong? A Five-School Review of Master’s Theses Reference List

Joseph Yap, Carlene Groen, Yelizaveta Kamilova, Paschalia Terzi, Darya Zvonareva

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A good citation and referencing practice starts when a student correctly cites and follows the specified citation format. Academic integrity is closely associated with plagiarism but there is another particular error that academics neglect to verify: the proper formatting of a reference list based on a particular citation style. The purpose of the study is to trace, review and analyze the reference list of selected master’s theses submitted to one of the leading universities in Kazakhstan. Results showed a high number of referencing errors. Having a standard format will prevent future mistakes.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)225
Number of pages234
JournalThe Reference Librarian
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2018


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