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Plagiarism and copyright

"Cut and paste"

Erasmus Magazine cover,  September 8, 2005

As an author, you have rights and obligations.

When you write a scientific article, paper or thesis, you have certain rights that are mentioned in the copyright. For example, others may not copy or use your work as a matter of course.

As an author, you also have obligations. If you cite literature from other authors, you are required to mention the authors’ names. If you do not do so, you are committing plagiary, which is punishable by law. At the EUR, you could be excluded from all interim examinations for the entire year.

What is plagiarism?

First, it is of course important to know what plagiarism is so that you do not commit it unknowingly. Plagiarism (intellectual theft) is the act of copying the text literally from another author without mentioning the author’s name or without indicating precisely where the citation originated. Paraphrasing texts without mentioning that an idea is borrowed from someone else is a form of plagiarism. This is considered to be a serious offence in scientific etiquette.

How do you keep from committing plagiarism?

This course explains the correct way to treat source material so that you will not get into trouble when writing a paper. You can refrain from committing plagiarism by treating your sources meticulously and mentioning them where necessary.

Keep a list of publications and page numbers where you find citations that you intend to use or paraphrase. A reference manager like RefWorks can help.

You can find additional information about plagiarism and copyrights at the following SURF and EUR websites.

EUR's website on plagiarism

Copyright Information Point EUR

Copyright website of SURF