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Plagiarism - and how to avoid it

What is plagiarism?

  • Plagiarism is to hand in someone else's work as your own.
  • Someone else's work could be their ideas, expressions or findings.

Though, if you acknowledge the originator's work with proper use of referencing, it is perfectly fine and recommended to quote other people's work in your own paper.

Why not plagiarise?

  • You will not learn how to do your own argumentation and research.
  • Your paper will fail and you will risk eviction from higher education in Norway.
  • The society needs trustworthy information from reliable researchers.

How to avoid plagiarism?

  • Distinguish clearly between your own and other people's findings and expressions.
  • Take careful notes of all the information sources you use during your research.
  • Regard referencing as part of the whole research and writing process.
  • Cite one time too many, rather than one time too few.

References (and suggestions for further reading):

Badke, William. (2007). Give Plagiarism the Weight It Deserves. Online31 (5), 58-60.

MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers (7th ed.). (2009). New York: Modern Language Association.

Published June 18, 2018 3:05 PM - Last modified Mar. 17, 2020 2:41 PM