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Guide for new students

Welcome to Hanken's Library! This guide is aimed for helping new students on all levels getting started using the Hanken Library services. Here you also find useful tips on how to search information in databases and how to use proper reference technique.

What is referencing?

It is considered sound academic practices to cite the sources you base your argument on, so that:

  • the reader can differ your opinions from other persons thoughts
  • the reader gets all the necessary information to find the source you've cited to learn more about the topic
  • you prove that you know how scientific communication is carried out
  • you strengthen your arguments by connecting it to previous studies
  • you give credit to the original author

In the following film is shown what referencing is and why it is important (University of Huddersfield Library, 1:47):

APA referencing

There are many ways of citation styles available, such as APA, Chicago, Harvard, Oxford, Vancouver etc. The APA reference system (also called author year-system) is recommended at Hanken.

In Hanken's reference guide there are examples on how to cite the most common source types, according to the APA style (7th edition).  Always check the reference guide to be sure what details need to be included in your references.

Keep your references organized

A reference management tool is design to help you gather, manage, store and share all types of information, as well as generate citations and bibliographies. You can save all your references from different databases in one place!

Have a look at the Reference Management Software Libguide to get started:


Plagiarism means taking an other person's work and presenting it as one's own without mentioning the source. 

Hanken promotes good scientific practice in research as well as studies. Have a look at Hanken's Action Plan against Academic Dishonesty:

Other resources:

Ouriginal and Turnitin

Turnitin is a program where students' papers are compared against the content of three source areas - the Internet, published material and Turnitin's student paper archive build from previously submitted documents - and the result of the analysis with detailed matching information is forwarded to the teacher. The program doesn't detect plagiarism but reports on matching texts.

Ouriginal (former Urkund) offers an automated system designed to deal with the problem of plagiarism. With a small effort from the user, plagiarism can be prevented from three main source areas: The Internet, Published Material and Student Material.

Information for students about Ouriginal
Log in for teachers to Ouriginal


As a university student, it is important that you know the fundamentals of copyright. Have a look at the study material on copyright created by Kopiosto and test your knowledge on intellectual property right, copyright, transferring copyright, the use of works with e.g. CC-licenses and how you can utilise different material in your own production. 

Follow the link below:

The Hanken copyright guide also contain important information for students: