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Avoid plagiarism - for students

What is plagiarism

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

It is plagiarism when you knowingly cheat – if, for example, you borrow someone else's work and submit it as your own - but it is also plagiarism if your references to sources are imprecise and incomplete.

Avoid plagiarism

Avoiding Plagiarism - online course

Avoiding Plagiarism is an online course that helps you understand how to make citations, how to make a reference correct, how to paraphrase etc. 

Avoiding Plagiarism is for you who would like to strengthen your skills in paraphrasing, citing, referencing etc. The course is for both bachelor and master students and is relevant within all disciplines.

Login to Blackboard to see how to get access. You will find information from the AU Library tab at the upper right corner in Blackboard. Or send an email to Solveig Johnsen: ssjo@kb.dk

Avoid cheating at exams

You can avoid plagiarism by citing correctly and specifying the source of your citation, with precise references to the sources you have used so that the material can be located and retrieved if necessary. Read more on how to prevent cheating and plagiarism and what the consequences can be.


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.

AU Studypedia

AU Studypedia is an academic study tool that can help you with writing assignments, choosing subjects, making literature searches, communicating study results, etc. AU Studypedia can also help you avoid plagiarism. AU Studypedia is developed by the Centre for Teaching Development and Digital Media, Arts, Aarhus University.

Reference management

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

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