Academic Writing – Avoiding Plagiarism

The basic rule in academic writing is that you always coherently express whose ideas or research results you are using or referring to and where they were published; otherwise you will be charged with plagiarism. Plagiarism means copying someone else's text, thoughts or ideas without permission. In study assignments intentional plagiarism is usually represented either by copying other student's work or a part of it or by copying text directly from the reference material (for example literature, internet, theses) without appropriate references.

By using precise references you enable the reader of your text to not only find the original source and read more about it, but also show which parts of the text are your own considerations. Please see also Code of Conduct for Preventing and Dealing with Academic Fraud and Plagiarism.

Written assignments are subject to the Degree Regulations of the University of Jyväskylä. Intentional plagiarism is reprehensible and it will always lead to consequenses.