Avoiding Plagiarism

Avoiding Plagiarism

Citation is standard practice for scholars and students engaged in written academic conversations for several reasons: It shows that you have conducted research and considered multiple viewpoints; it helps your reader locate the sources you’ve used in the paper; it gives you credibility as a writer; and it gives credit to other scholars for their ideas, which helps you avoid plagiarism.


Plagiarism, as defined in EBU’s student guidelines academic misconduct policy, is defined as “submitting as one’s own work, irrespective of intent to deceive, that which derives in part or in its entirety from the work of others without due acknowledgement. It is both poor scholarship and a breach of academic integrity”.

This infograph provides an overview of the most common reasons why student submissions are flagged for plagiarism, with suggestions for how to avoid plagiarism in the future.