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Thesis Guide

General Information

Your licentiate thesis and all assigned papers should be written in APA Style, as explained by your instructors.

Please submit your thesis to the Institute of Anthropology’s secretary in two formats:

  • hard copy
  • digital copy in PDF format

Citing Sources

Direct quotes are taken from a source word for word. They correspond exactly to the original text and are indicated with quotation marks. Do not modify the wording or word order of the quotation. Maintain any typographical errors or misspellings in the original text (adding [sic] after it). Leave your direct quote in the source’s original language and, if necessary, provide a translation in a footnote.

Paraphrasing is the summarization of a source’s ideas in your own words. Paraphrased passages must also be cited.


When drawing from external sources in the licentiate thesis, it is necessary to separate your own ideas from someone else’s. To claim another person’s ideas as your own is plagiarism.

The following section “Examples of Plagiarism” is from the Georgetown University Honor Council’s webpage What is plagiarism?

Examples of Plagiarism

(The format of the following examples was drawn from Acknowledging The Work of Others illustrating several types of common plagiarism. The passages in boldface reflect plagiarism of the original passage followed in italics by an explanation why they constitute plagiarism.)


“This book has been written against a background of both reckless optimism and reckless despair. It holds that Progress and Doom are two sides of the same medal; that both are articles of superstition, not of faith. It was written out of the conviction that it should be possible to discover the hidden mechanics by which all traditional elements of our political and spiritual world were dissolved into a conglomeration where everything seems to have lost specific value, and has become unrecognizable for human comprehension, unusable for human purpose.”

Hannah Arendt, The Origins of Totalitarianism (New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Inc., 1973 ed.), p.vii, Preface to the First Edition.


A site for editing services, Scribbr, has tips on how to paraphrase without plagiarizing.

Statement of Originality

Students must affirm their adherence to the university’s ethical norms by completing and signing this Statement of Originality and inserting it at the end of their work.