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Do not plagiarise

“Plagiarism, or unacknowledged borrowing, refers to representing another person’s material as one’s own without appropriate references. This includes research plans, manuscripts, articles, other texts or parts of them, visual materials, or translations. Plagiarism includes direct copying as well as adapted copying."  Finnish Advisory Board on Research Integrity 2012, p. 33

Remember to document the source you have used. The citations styles vary by discipline so make sure to check the citation style used in your discipline from your department.

Make sure to refer to sources

  • Use quotes and refer to the source always, when you directly cite other’s work unchanged from a source
  • Refer to the source always and use quotes if necessary, when you only make small changes to the text (e.g. change the word order, use synonyms)
  • Use the source material to support your own thinking and those viewpoints that you want to emphasize. Do not copy other’s style.
  • If you refer to an other’s idea, make sure to cite the producer of the original idea.
  • Refer to the source also when you copy other’s metaphor.
  • If you cite charts and graphs, make sure to refer to the source

(Source: Veikko Surakka [2003]: Plagiointi opintosuorituksissa: plagiointityöryhmän alustava raportti, p. 8-9 (in Finnish)