Avoiding plagiarism

Avoiding plagiarism 

All scientific work needs to be well documented and those sources that have been used in recognition of the work of others to define responsabilities or authorship should be cited. The omission of this recognition is considered an appropriation and receives the name of plagiarism, since everything that is not proper (whether texts, images, audiovisuals, etc.) and does not belong to the knowledge of the public domain should be cited.


In IQS Library we propose a guide of good guidelines on academic honesty to avoid plagiarism in the writing of scientific works:

  1. To give the necessary importance to academic honesty, always recommending the incorporation of the necessary citations and references in the writing of your work.
  2. The resources that are considered reliable are those generated by universities and research centers, official public agencies, cultural and scientific institutions, or recognized scientific institutions, or recognized scientific and academic entities and publishers. On the contrary, we will avoid forums and spaces for exchanging opinions, blogs, social interaction and entertainment spaces or content spaces without selective control. If the teacher recommends any resource of these typologies, let it be very concrete.
  3. To encourage searches for alternative information to that provided directly by the teacher. In this way, it is encouraged to search different sources of information and use the citation. In IQS Library we have different resources and databses to facilitate searches, and thus encourage students to approach scientific research.
  4. To inform students of the different types of plagiarism that exist so that they are aware.
  5. To inform about the citation styles that are desired in scientific works, in addition to raising awareness among students of the importance of citations and references as another part of scientific work, as well as how to present it in a coherent, organized and uniform way.
  6. To inform about the use licenses in those cases in which the information is extracted from the Internet and its authorship isn't clearly visible. You should always cite the sources used, be it a text, an image or a graphic extracted freely through web pages.
  7. To recommend students to make a query to the Library team, in case of any doubt: intellectual property, copyright, citations and bibliographic references, sources of information, query in databases, reference managers, etc.

In addition, you can consult these tools and resources that we provide from the IQS Library, to facilitate compliance:

Citation Manuals

There are different manuals and works that facilitate the writing of bibliographic citations in a standardized way, for the different documentary typologies (books, magazine articles, web pages, etc.).

 Consult the information regarding the Copyright and citation of documents

Bibliographic references manager

To support the research community, IQS Library has a bibliographic reference manager, Mendeley, which allows you to create reference lists and create bibliographies.

 See more information in Reference Management: Mendeley


IQS Library organizes training sessions of the different bibliographic resources available. At the beginning of the studies, students receive training to know the basic services of the Library and, throughout the course, receive different sessions of specific training in databases and electronic information resources.

 See more information in User Training.

Personalized trainning

IQS Library organizes personalized training sessions for students in the 4th year's degree or master's degree for the preparation of the Final Work Degree/Master to acquire skills in the search for information and its further data management.

 See more information in Final Work Sessions of Degree / Master.

Antiplagiarism systems

Antiplagiarism systems are computer programs that allow the detection of plagiarism in scientific works. Some of the antiplagiarism systems are:


Ouriginal it is the most used antiplagiarism system in most European universities. Compare the contents to review with the public documents found on the Internet, published material and those documents delivered through the tool itself.


DupliCheker it is a free antiplagiarism system, which allows you to evaluate a text, a file or a website and offers a report of results indicating the coincidences.


Plagiarisma detects matches from a text, file or URL: It is free, but for some options you must be registered.


Plagium it is a free system (quick search option), which allows you to perform a text search and retrieve found documents that show a match.