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Plagiarism while writing master or bachelor thesis

Actions, such as corruption, dishonesty and plagiarism will not be tolerated in the programme and will be punished with suspension of studies.

Subjects violating Vilnius University ethics code:

  1. Counterfeiting, manipulating, and corrupting empirical research data.
  2. Deliberate suppression of contradictory to the research or hypothesis data.
  3. Deliberate submission of misleading information about the empirical research.
  4. Plagiarism, in other words, submission of borrowed text, idea or invention as your own.

The key to avoiding plagiarism is to make sure you give credit where it is due. This may be credit for something somebody said, wrote, emailed, drew, or implied.

A brief list of what needs to be credited or documented:

  • Words or ideas presented in a magazine, book, newspaper, Web page.
  • Information gained through interviewing or conversing with another person, face to face, over the phone, or in writing.
  • Copying of exact words or a unique phrase.
  • Reprint of any diagrams, illustrations, charts, pictures, or other visual materials.
  • Reuse or re-post of any electronically-available media, including images, audio, video, or other media.

Things that do not need documentation or credit, including:

  • Expression in writing of your own lived experiences, your own observations and insights, your own thoughts, and your own conclusions about a subject.
  • Own results obtained through experiments.
  • Own artwork, digital photographs, video, audio.
  • “Common knowledge,” common sense observations and events (but not documents).
  • Generally-accepted facts, e.g., pollution is bad for the environment.


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