Plagiarism is the copying of data from someone else’s work without a correct acknowledgement of the source and in such a way that it is presented as your own work. This is considered fraud. Plagiarism breaches the basic principles of copyright law and the ALLEA code; the European Code of Conduct for Research Integrity. In this guide we explain how you can prevent plagiarism.
It is not allowed to use texts, expressions, thoughts and ideas of others in a new document without referring to the original, this is considered plagiarism. When you use other sources within your thesis or publication, you have to refer to these in the correct manner. This way the reader of your document is able to check whether the sources you have used have been interpreted rightfully.
See: Citing sources
Reference management tools help you to correctly capture, edit and reuse the descriptive information (metadata) of publications. Reference management software identifies such data (like title, author, publication date and so on) and can place them in a personal library. This collection can then be used to add references to your own article, thesis or other kind of publication.