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Academic writing & referencing
Need to increase your skills in academic writing and learn more on referencing? Then this section is for you!
Academic integrity - Lund University libraries
It is important to always acknowledge the sources you use in your written work by citing and referencing them in a correct manner. Plagiarism means imitating or copying someone else’s work, for instance a text, picture or diagram, presenting the material as your own. Plagiarism is not accepted within the scientific community. Read more about academic integrity...
Open online courses on academic writing
Academic writing MOOC course
The MOOC Writing in English at University is a resource for university students who are currently involved in writing assignments or degree projects as well as for students who wish to learn about academic writing in order to prepare for future writing tasks at university. Although the course provides guidance to all student writers, it targets specifically those who are writing in second language learner contexts and whose native language is not English.
As well as helping learners to put together their own “toolbox” of academic writing skills, Writing in English at University will give participants a chance to test out some of these tools, and to reflect on their own development as writers. With flexible enrolment, learners can spend as much time as they need on a module or they can speed up the pace of their studies, depending on what suits them and their particular learning styles.
The course is divided into four modules:
1. Writing in English at university: An introduction
2. Structuring your text and conveying your argument
3. Using sources in academic writing
4. The writer’s toolbox: Editing and proofreading
What is plagiarism?
Lund University's guidelines and regulations on plagiarism states that "Plagiarism is a lack of independence in the design and/or wording of academic work presented by a student compared to the level of independence required by the educational context. Deceitful plagiarism is a lack of independence combined with an intent on the part of the student to present the work of others as his or her own."
Reference management programs will save you time when you cite and when you create your bibliography. You can quickly save articles and read them later. Are you interested to use a reference management program? Learn more in the Reference management guide.
Citing the work that supports your research is both an ethical issue and a legal issue.
Which reference system to use depends on your subject and your teacher, so be sure to ask at your department for the appropriate reference system.
The ethics of citing is based on the scholarly tradition of giving credit for information and ideas that are not one's own. Science has a long tradition of acknowledging priority through citations. You have the ethical responsibility to cite all works that were used to support your research, to give credit to earlier work and to provide a clear path for those who follow in your footsteps.