As a student of the University of Agder, you are obligated to become familiar with the rules that apply to citing various types of sources in the written assignments that you submit for evaluation. These pages provide information on the use of sources and how to avoid plagiarism.
When you as a student work on a written homework assignment, you must draw on insight and knowledge gained from various sources. Required literature will often be a central source, but you may also use other academic literature and other types of sources, such as brochures, websites and images.
You can search for literature and other written sources in the library, in databases and on the Internet. Ask your instructor or a librarian for help in finding good sources.
The purpose of citing sources is to make clear what you have taken from sources and what are your own analyses, interpretations and conclusions.
As a student of UiA, you are obligated to learn the rules that apply to how to cite sources of various types in the written work you submit for evaluation. In return, it is your department's obligation to give you the guidance you need to feel secure that you are following sound and acceptable practice in terms of citing of sources. Ask your advisor if you are in doubt.
What counts as cheating?
If you fail to provide the sources of texts taken from literature, articles, or the Internet in a written assignment (home examination or mandatory written assignment), you are committing plagiarism. Plagiarism is cheating. Read more about the consequences of cheating
«The Citation Compass» gives you an overview of both styles of reference and of how to relate critically to different kinds of sources.