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What is plagiarism?

Tilburg University's definition of plagiarism is: "Using parts of a text written by someone else, or the reasoning or ideas of others, for a thesis or other assignment, without due acknowledgement". Students should supply their own, original work for all theses and assignments; this is the University's standpoint on the matter. It should be possible to recognize that someone else's work is being incorporated into one's own assignments. This requires students to cite and to paraphrase in a particular way.

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Students must always cite correctly. This means always indicating a word-for-word citation. Even citing just one line without acknowledging the source is an example of plagiarism.


When paraphrasing, students should indicate - by giving the relevant reference - which texts are being used as source material. It is permissible to indicate multiple paraphrases in a piece of text by means of a footnote, but if that is the case, the work is not original in nature and this will be reflected in the assessment of that assignment.

What are the rules for citing and paraphrasing correctly? Look at the library tips