What is Plagiarism?

Plagiarism is when you present someone else's material as your own.

Urkund is a control tool for teachers that makes it easier to detect plagiarism. Submitted texts are checked against materials from the Internet, publishers and student materials.

When students plagiarize, they often:

There are two ways to use another author's text in your work without plagiarism:

  1. Quote: if it is a shorter text eg. a smaller paragraph you can enter the text as a quote in a thesis for example. It must be clear that it is really a quote eg. by writing the text within quotation marks, italicizing the text or making indentations in the left and right margins. A full reference to the original source must be provided.
  2. Paraphrasing: It is important to point out that it is not enough to rewrite single words or sentences, change tempus on verbs etc. All text has to be processed and your understanding of it must be written in your own words. A full reference to the source of origin must be provided.

What happens if I plagiarize?