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:
- Rewrite another author's text, but replacing only a few words in their own text, compared to the original text, whether reference is specified or not.
- Use their own previous work in a new work without referring to the original text. This is called self-plagiarism.
- Use another author's work and presents it as his own. It does not matter if you forgot to enter a reference by mistake or intentionally, both cases are plagiarism.
- Copy a paragraph from a text on the Internet without marking quotes and referring to the source.
- Use another author's text and in your own words expresses how to understand the content without stating a reference.
There are two ways to use another author's text in your work without plagiarism:
- 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.
- 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?
- In cases where there is suspicion of plagiarism, teachers are obliged to contact the Disciplinary Board at Linköping University, which investigates further and decides whether the student is guilty of plagiarism.
- Students found guilty of plagiarism may be suspended from their studies at LiU. The most common shutdown period is 1 to 2 months. In extreme cases, a student can be suspended for up to 6 months.
- Being found guilty for plagiarism may result in the work being failed by the teacher.