Department of Economic History

Lund University School of Economics and Management

Plagiarism / Urkund

The Department of Economic History is working actively to put a stop to plagiarism and other forms of prohibited working methods. This work is carried out through information to our students via a number of channels such as the home page, introductory meetings, course curriculum, and instructions for exams. We also use Urkund - an automatic system for detecting plagiarism.

What is plagiarism?
Plagiarism is the equivalent of copying someone else's written text and to use the copy as an original work, without citations or references to the original source. To plagiarise books, journals, Internet, or other sources without the consent of the copyright holder is an illegal act.

Why is plagiarism not allowed?
When a student is assigned to write papers, home exams, thesis, and other written texts these are expected to be original works. The assignment is not only a matter of writing a text, but also through which means this text has been produced. The academic work code requires that you give an honest account of your source by stating references and put out citations. If there are no references it will be assumed that the text is your own original work. To plagiarise texts from other authors means that you take the credit for someone else's work and thoughts. In a different phrasing plagiarism is a violation of someone else's intellectual property rights. While plagiarism is tempting because it decreases the work load for the student it also creates unjust working relations between those students who write their own original texts and those who steal texts from others. It is therefore in the interest of the student body to work against plagiarism and to create equal opportunities for all by putting an end to free riding. Credits and degrees that have been achieved through dishonest means can result in cheating students securing positions for which they do not have the sufficient merits. In a longer perspective plagiarism undermines the credibility of the university system as such, Lund University, and your own degree.

How to use Urkund?

  • The Department of Economic History uses Urkund as an administrative tool. All written assignments of more than one page are to be handed in to Urkund.
  • Teachers will inform the student of the e-mail address and the course code that will be used. You do not need any additional soft ware as long as you can send e-mails.
  • You will send your text as an attached file in an e-mail. Only attached files are analysed by Urkund. You will receive a notice of delivery from Urkund.
  • Attachments should be word files.
  • All students should register their names in Urkund as a complement to their e-mail address.
  • For you to join us in the fight against plagiarism we ask that you will allow your work to be filed in Urkund. Thereby you are protecting your own work from plagiarism by others in the future.
  • All texts are to be sent to Urkund before the deadline set for the exam. If for some reason you cannot meet the deadline get in touch with your teacher. Texts that are handed in after the deadline and where the student has not contacted the teacher will not be corrected.
  • Texts are analysed in Urkund and matched to other sources on the Internet, in the Urkund data base as well as in books, journals and in reference books for which collaborations exist.
  • The analysis of the text is forwarded to the teacher. The report includes markings of those segments that match other sources. The markings indicate to the teacher which parts of the text that has to be scrutinised further.

Individual assignments
At the department most home exams are in the form of individual assignments. This means that although students are encouraged to discuss the course literature, the content of lectures, etc., the actual writing of the assignment has to be done separately.

Reuse of one's own texts
Every assignment should be an original contribution. This means that students are not allowed to reuse old texts that they have handed in on other courses, at the department or elsewhere. In case a student is reusing previous texts this will be considered as plagiarism.

Written class room exams
When there is a written class room exam no other aids are allowed than the ones that have been authorized by the teacher or the exam overseer. The exam overseer provides the general rules for the exam.

Which is the responsibility of the teacher and the department in the event of plagiarism and other forms of prohibited working methods?
The teacher and the department are required to report any case of suspected plagiarism and other forms of prohibited working methods to the Disciplinary Board at Lund University. The report includes the information about plagiarism and other forms of prohibited working methods that has been handed to the students, the text written by the student and information about the original works that have been plagiarised or that indicate that the text is not an individual assignment. It is the responsibility of the Disciplinary Board and not of the teacher or the department to give a verdict in errands of plagiarism and other forms of prohibited working methods. A conviction in the Disciplinary Board may result in a limited suspension from university studies.