Reference or Plagiarism?

Prominent cases of plagiarism with far-reaching consequences for those concerned result in an increasing amount of uncertainty for students: Am I committing plagiarism? What are the boundaries of plagiarism or at what point am I committing plagiarism?

The course provides comprehensive knowledge on the problem area of "Plagiarism and citing correctly". It particularly focuses on the following: When is plagiarism evident? How does plagiarism arise? What is the legal background? How do I cite correctly? How can I avoid plagiarism through organized work? The course thus deals with a critical aspect of academic work and writing.


Introductory course for members of the University of Bern, Humanities and Social Sciences




  • Background on plagiarism, definitions
  • Strategies for avoiding plagiarism
  • Tips on optimizing work organization and time management
  • Basic terms in citing correctly
  • Sample texts

Course administration

Gabriela Scherrer, Gesche Gerdes

Date / Location

Tuesday, December 18th, 2018, 10:00-12:00 a.m., Münstergasse Library (1st floor classroom)

Thursday, January 10th, 2019, 13:30-15:30 p.m., Münstergasse Library (1st floor classroom)


The Doodle entry is an application and will not be confirmed. Please apply with your unibe.ch e-mail address.