Nowadays it is very easy to copy a text from the internet and paste it into your academic work without citing the sources consulted. This practice is called plagiarism. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, to plagiarise is to «take the work or an idea (thoughts, writings, inventions) of someone else and pass it off as one's own». From a legal standpoint plagiarism is a violation of copyright.
What is it?
To learn more about plagiarism, the UOC Library has prepared this dossier that provides resources and tools to avoid and detect plagiarism, guidelines to protect intellectual property, and additional reading on the subject.
How to avoid plagiarism
A collection of practical resources for use in your work.
Resources for finding out how to cite a bibliographic reference correctly, plus applications that generate citations automatically.
How to cite a document
Bibliographic citations must contain a series of elements that are set out by the ISO 690:2010 standard. Besides the rules set out by this standard, there are other more usual styles and guidelines depending on the subject area. We provide information about and access to the most relevant ones.
How to cite images
A selection of resources on how to cite the images we use in academic papers, articles, etc. We use a wide-ranging definition for image: photographs, paintings, drawings, pictures, diagrams, graphics, etc.
How to cite social networks
A selection of resources on how to cite the social networks we use in academic papers, articles, etc.
How to cite data
Data must be cited in the same way that we cite other bibliographic information sources, such as articles or books.
Automatic citation resources
These applications can be used to search for documents (books, articles, etc.) and automatically generate the corresponding bibliographic citations.
How to detect plagiarism
A selection of tools to detect plagiarism in works.
How to protect my work
Ways to protect your work and claim authorship.
The academic plagiarism at the UOC
Access to the UOC’s regulations on plagiarism and guidelines for students.
View information on academic plagiarism (books, articles, videos, etc.).