1. Introduction

To begin studying a course or a programme at university is a step into the world of academia. This is a world that does not bear much resemblance to studies at high school. Furthermore, academic norms and culture may differ between countries. To make you feel at home in the world of academia, we would like to provide you with insight into the norms and values of higher education, in particular ethical values and how to avoid unethical behaviour.

Picture: Suss Wilén, University of Borås

To uphold the ethical values of higher education includes, for example, that you do not cheat in written exams and do not plagiarize text from other authors when writing your assignment or your thesis. However, sometimes the line between what is cheating and plagiarism and what is not, is hard to discern. "The Anti-Plagiarism Guide" tells you how to avoid plagiarism and covers the following issues:

Finally, some additional codes of conduct in higher education are presented. 

1.1  Plagiarism from a Swedish and an International Perspective

Interview with Jude Carroll, British university teacher, who has been engaged in plagiarism from an international perspective for many years.


The University of Borås Anti-Plagiarism Guide is in large part, mainly regarding structure but also textually, based on "The Interactive Anti-Plagiarism Guide" at Jönköping University.

Jönköping University has generously given access to the films produced there and the films are available under  a "Creative Commons CC BY-NC-ND: Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works" licence.

Many thanks to everyone who has contributed!