Avoid plagiarism - for teachers

If you encounter plagiarism

If, as a lecturer, you encounter plagiarism, you can obtain help on what to do from Educational Law. They, amongst other things, have produced this booklet on what procedures to follow on encountering cheating in exams.

If you suspect plagiarism, the staff at Aarhus BSS and Health can use the tool URKUND to help identify where, in any given assignment, an act of plagiarism may have occurred. All staff at Aarhus BSS and Health can create an account with URKUND, which is necessary in order to use the tool.

Need help?

 If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact the liason librarian associated with your field, who will be happy to assist you with your questions.

  Alternatively, you are always welcome to contact your local service location.  

What can I do?

As a lecturer, you can help your students avoid plagiarism by making them aware of:

Student administrative staff can contact Education Law (UJ) on issues of a legal/educational nature. UJ handle issues relating to any legal complaints the university receives in the educational sphere and deal with cases of exam cheating, etc.

Avoiding Plagiarism - online course

Strengthen your students’ knowledge of reference management and academic practice with "Avoiding Plagiarism".

The course can give your students a thorough introduction to what plagiarism is and how students can avoid it.

The course covers many aspects relating to:

  • reference management
  • making citations
  • academic practice
  • being critical of sources

The course appeals to all learning styles by including videos, text, quizzes, online media, etc.

As a lecturer at AU, you are able to view the course and make use of it actively in your classes, or simply allow your students to make use of it on their own. The course can be completed in approximately 1 hour. The students have the opportunity to print a course certificate upon completion of the course.

To get access to ‘Avoiding plagiarism’ at Aarhus University, please send an e-mail to urkundsupport.library@au.dk. A member of the AU Library staff will get back to you with further information.

More on plagiarism


Stopplagiat.nu is a web tutorial for students on plagiarism. It has been made in a collaboration between Danish research libraries and lecturers from the University of Southern Denmark, University of Copenhagen and Aarhus University.


Do you know the rules for, when and how you can re-use text written by yourself? It could be in articles, phd-thesis or something similar? Forskerportalen has gathered a lot of information about just that, so you can avoid self-plagiarism.

Reference management

If your students cite the source of any material they use, and manage all references in their written work correctly, they will avoid plagiarism.

Read more on reference management and how your students can, for example, make use of a tool for inserting citations and creating bibliographies.

What is plagiarism?

Plagiarism is using someone else's material as if it were one’s own (books, articles, films, web pages, tables, figures, etc.), without referring explicitly to the original source.

It is plagiarism if a student knowingly cheats – if, for example, they were to borrow someone else's work and submit it as their own - but it is also plagiarism if a student’s references to sources are imprecise and incomplete.