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Avoid plagiarism - for students

What is plagiarism?

Plagiarism is the act of copying someone else's text or work and pretending that it is your own.

It is therefore important to provide clear references to the material you use in your assignments, so that others can easily see where the information comes from. This applies to all types of material, such as texts, audio, images, and graphs, etc. This applies regardless of whether the material is published or not, including books, articles, websites, as well as other materials such as exam assignments, teaching materials, and texts generated by Generative Artificial Intelligence (GAI).

When it comes to plagiarism, the most important thing is that it is clear what is your work and what is someone else's work.

The process of creating clear and precise references is called reference management, and here a reference management tool can be a helpful aid.

Reference management

Citing the sources of any material you use and managing all references in your written work correctly is important when you want to avoid plagiarism.

Find out more about reference management and how you can use a tool to insert citations and create a bibliography.


Stopplagiat.nu is a web tutorial for students about plagiarism. Find out how to reference correctly and how to provide sufficient documentation in your assignments.

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. 

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 avoid cheating and plagiarism and what the consequences can be.