Plagiarism is the appropriation of ideas or works of others or of previous works of one’s self without reference to the creator and the source, regardless whether this occurs with or without intention.

Plagiarism is considered violation of intellectual property rights and is a legal offense.

In scholarly communication this reference to thoughts, judgments, ideas and arguments of creators and sources is made through bibliographic citations.

How to avoid plagiarism

  • When using excerpts from published or unpublished works of another person you must make a full reference to the relevant sources.
  • When paraphrasing someone else’s text you must refer to the source.
  • When copying verbatim text from any source, printed or online, you must place it within quotation marks (“…”) and make full reference to the relevant source.
  • When translating a text from another language you must refer to the source.
  • When using thoughts and ideas of yours that have been previously published you must refer to the previous publication.

More detailed information on plagiarism is included in the guide “ACADEMIC PLAGIARISM: How to identify and avoid it” (booklet)

Turnitin (Originality Check)

The University of Cyprus has acquired through the Library an online tool for plagiarism detection, which allows teaching staff verify the authenticity and originality of academic papers. Turnitin is accessible through Blackboard to all members of UCY academic staff.

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