All scholars engage with and build on the work of other scholars. This is part of the practice of academia. Good academic practice involves being explicit about where we have got our ideas from, crediting those that have inspired us, and referencing accurately. Passing off other writers' arguments or expressions as your own, or failing to reference accurately is considered poor academic practice and can be penalised. Good academic practice is also about communicating clearly and reflecting on the effects of different language choices. There are some suggestions for further reading on this topic below.