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Avoid plagiarism - for students

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

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.

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 based at Centre for Educational Development (CED) at Aarhus University.


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.

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.