When you are writing essays, reports and other academic texts, you may quote or refer to others' texts and results, as long as you do this correctly and inform your reader of your sources. However, you are not allowed to use other people's ideas, texts and work without clearly stating that they are not your own.


To plagiarise means to intentionally mislead your readers into believing that other people's thoughts and words are your own. If you write about what you have read or heard while failing to acknowledge your sources correctly, you haven't followed the rules for scientific writing and run the risk of being accused of plagiarism.

Plagiarism checking

In the academic world, different digital tools are used to recognise texts and check for plagiarism. At the University of Gävle, we use the plagiarism prevention service Safe Assign that is integrated in Blackboard.
For more information about our routines contact your teacher. No essay will be published electronically before a course supervisor has carried out a plagiarism check of the essay.

More information on plagiarism

A book you will find in the Library

  • Pecorari, D. (2013). Teaching to Avoid Plagiarism; How to Promote Good Source Use. Berkshire: Open University Press.
Published by: Elisabeth Jansson Page responsible: Jenny Ericsson Updated: 2019-02-06
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