Citation, Plagiarism and the Internet Guidelines on "Citation, Plagiarism, and the Use of the Internet" Dear Students, For information on the topic of "Citation and Plagiarism," we would like to point you to an explanatory note of the same title, issued by the University of St. Gallen's senate panel, which you can find here. For information on the use of the internet for research purposes, we recommend the article "Use of Internet Sources in International Studies Teaching and Research" by Wayne A. Selcher that was published in International Studies Perspectives (Vol. 6 Issue 2, May 2005, p. 174-189). Students and members of the University of St. Gallen can access the journal's archive online via the library. Please be aware that honesty should be a central virtue of university life. Identifying the origin of thoughts which are not your own is therefore a necessity - this is true also for the context of final assignments. It is no disgrace to avail oneself of someone else's thoughts - if labelled correctly as quotation - but a key competence of scientific research. What is disgraceful, however, is to use other peoples' thoughts without identifying them as such. That being said, the appropriate use of the internet for research purposes becomes more and more relevant. While it may happen under the cover of presumed anonymity, the non-labelling of thoughts which are not your own represents an instance of plagiarism - irrespectively of whether these thoughts were "just found on the internet." Most importantly, however, the simplification of scientific research through electronic access to journals and original documents does not change the fact that visiting the library is still a major part in the life of a student. Please be also reminded, in this regard, to always critically review the sources you use - no matter if they were pulled from the internet or not. While Wikipedia undoubtedly represents an exciting project which quasi democratizes the access to knowledge, "publishing wars" among contributors are not unheard of. For that reason, make sure to always thoroughly check whose narrative you reflect and put your trust in.