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All students will have to deal with copyright during their studies at the AUAS. Examples of such situations include using images in assignments or theses, or publishing their own thesis. What are your rights and how do you respect the rights of others? You will find the answers to your questions here.


The copyright is owned by the creator of the work. This means that you are not allowed to simply use portions of someone else's work in your thesis or paper. The quotations must fit in the context of your piece and you must cite the sources used. Quoting without a source citation is called plagiarism and is punishable.
The AUAS has rules and practice concerning plagiarism that you must comply with when writing your assignment, paper or essay. See plagiarism (Dutch) for more information.

The rules for citation also apply to copying an image or photo. You may copy the image to discuss it (with a source citation), but are not allowed to use the image as decoration or to change it. See also the SURF Rules of thumb for the use of audio and visual material (Dutch).

You can find the answers to frequently asked questions on the SURF website Copyrights in Higher Education. You can sort the questions by Theme, e.g. Images and audio or Publications.


The manner in which you cite your sources depends on your study programme. Each field of study prescribes a particular reference or citation style. The most widely used style at the AUAS is APA of the American Psychological Association. When in doubt, ask your lecturer which style to use.

Citation tools

Manually modifying references in a certain citation style, for example APA, requires accuracy and can be time-consuming. A citation tool, also known as a Citation Management programme, can take a lot of work out of your hands. Programmes such as RefWorks, Mendeley, Zotero and Endnote have a Word plug-in with which you can easily insert citations and source lists into your text, in any style you like. Mendeley and Zotero are available in free versions.

Please note: RefWorks is only available until July 2022.

When you write a thesis or paper, you are the creator and the owner of the copyright. You do not need to do anything to ensure that your work is copyright-protected.


In many study programmes, your thesis is incorporated in the HvA Kennisbank (AUAS Knowledge Base). This ensures that you will not lose your copyright and that your work will not automatically end up in the 'public domain'.

If others want to use parts of your thesis, they must obtain your permission first, unless they want to use your work for one of the exceptions allowed under the Copyright Act, such as citing or copying for one's own use.

Your thesis is publicly available in the HvA Kennisbank. Take this into account when reporting your research:

  • Do not publish any privacy-sensitive data and business secrets
  • Do not publish any confidential information
  • Request permission from the company where you are working on your final project
  • Do not use any illegal images, texts, etc. in your thesis.

Contact the Library if you (temporarily) do not want your thesis to be publicly available in the HvA Kennisbank. More information about the publication of your thesis.

This page is part of the Copyright Information Point of the AUAS. This information point also contains the answers to questions from lecturers and researchers.

Published by  HvA Library 16 August 2021