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Published:  26 Oct 2023

What you should know about plagiarism while studying in Europe

Plagiarism is the act of using someone else's work or ideas without giving them proper credit. Many European universities have strict definitions and policies. Make yourself familiar with their specific policies beforehand to avoid potential issues!

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Forms of plagiarism

Plagiarism can take many forms, from copying and pasting text directly from a source to paraphrasing without citation. It also involves using someone else's ideas, data or artwork without attribution.

Consequences of plagiarism

The consequences of plagiarism can be harsh. They include failing the assignment, failing the course or, in extreme cases, expulsion. In addition, it can damage your academic record and have a lasting effect on future career prospects.

How to avoid plagiarism

  • Cite sources properly: Always credit the original author by accurately citing sources and follow your university’s citation guidelines.
  • Use plagiarism detection tools: Many institutions provide access to plagiarism detection software. These tools can help you identify unintentional instances of plagiarism and correct them before submission.
  • Understand paraphrasing: When using someone else's ideas or words, make sure you put them in your own words and cite them.
  • Start early: Start your research and writing well in advance to avoid last-minute rushes that can lead to plagiarism.
  • If using AI tools: check the stance of your university towards using AI tools such as ChatGPT and how to cite it.
  • Get help when you need it: Not sure how to quote or paraphrase correctly? Seek advice from professors or university writing centres.
Published:  26 Oct 2023