According to a report (swe)from the Swedish National Agency for Higher Education (HSV), the most common cases dealt with by the disciplinary boards in Sweden's universities concern cheating through plagiarism. It is a serious problem that has increased over the last few years, perhaps mostly because of the extended possibilities of downloading educational related material from the Internet.
Many universities have acknowledged the problem of plagiarism and have taken measures against it, such as by using URKUND
URKUND provides a service that can be used to deal with this problem. The Service has been developed in co-operation with the Pedagogical Department at Uppsala University and consists of a system for submission of papers, reports, essays and other written material. By using URKUND as a student, you make sure that no one can plagiarise your work. The system has both a preventive effect and controlling function, making it very difficult for your work to be used illicitly without this being detected.
1. Type your work in your word processor of choice (taking into account any requirements made by your teacher/Professor) with a minimum of 400 characters. If you have not received any instructions on which file formats you can use, you will find a list of those approved by URKUND under Support.
2. E-mail your document to your teacher/Professor's analysis address as an attached file. URKUND will not accept e-mails without an attachment.
3. When you have successfully submitted your document, you will receive a confirmation e-mail in return. If this is your first time submitting a document through URKUND, you might want to click on the link to register your name and adjust your language settings.
Please note that if your university/school uses URKUND through an LMS/VLE, the above items will not concern you. You will submit your document through the LMS as normal and will not notice the use of URKUND unless it is noted in the LMS submission guidelines.
It is sometimes easy to be tempted to copy a text even if that was not your intention from the beginning. The reasons for this differ; a careless mistake or uncertainty of what is permitted might be the most common reasons for plagiarising. Of course, one might also deliberately copy a text and then hope that the teachers do not detect it – but this type of plagiarism is fortunately very rare. In order to help students and teachers avoid making mistakes, we have developed a text describing what plagiarism is. It is free to download for use within schools and academic organisations that are subscribers of the URKUND system.
If you are a teacher/professor and would like to copy or re-write parts of this material, or if you are a teacher/professor and would like to use it even though your organisation is not one of our clients, please contact us and we will help you.
The URKUND Plagiarism Handbook (English pdf)
Jude Carroll at Oxford Brookes University and Carl-Mikael Zetterling at KTH have written a handbook in order to help students avoid plagiarism. It is availiable in both English and Swedish through KTH's website.
It is easy to upload your document to URKUND. Follow the link below to log in.
Follow the link below to see the most common the questions about URKUND and their answers. If you do not find an answer to your question, please contact URKUND Support and we will be glad to help you.