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Why should I care about plagiarism?

Because plagiarism concerns us all. It lowers the quality of overall education, it sets questionable moral standards and it doesn't drive innovation. To be drastic, it is the enemy of original thinking! 

What is plagiarism?

“Plagiarism is presenting someone else’s work or ideas as your own, with or without their consent, by incorporating it into your work without full acknowledgement. All published and unpublished material, whether in manuscript, printed or electronic form, is covered under this definition. Plagiarism may be intentional or reckless, or unintentional. Under the regulations for examinations, intentional or reckless plagiarism is a disciplinary offence.”

Facts and stats

Plagiarism is one of the most common forms of cheating. Studies suggest that more than half of the students have plagiarised at some point during their academic career despite knowing plagiarism is considered an academic offence with severe consequences. 

The top three most common forms of plagiarism are
(as referenced by Abad-García, 2019):

  • Copying several paragraphs from book or online sources without giving credit
  • Working with a classmate on an individual assignment
  • Using images/ ideas/ designs without giving credit to owner
 With plagiarism that prevalent, do you know how to prevent it? 

“You cannot innovate by copying”

– Larry Ellison

Plagiarism is not Original Thinking

You’re an original and it shows! Plagiarism isn’t just an academic offence, it also kills originality. Innovation is not driven by copied ideas, and neither is any academic discipline. So whether you want to guarantee a high level of your education, where graduates shape the world we live in or support your students in being the best they can be, original thinking is instrumental in achieving that!

Plagiarism comes in many forms:
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Plagiarism is avoidable

With almost 20 years of experience of educating, preventing and detecting plagiarism, we know it is a problem that can be solved. By technology, by education and by understanding it doesn’t help anyone in the long run. 

Helping to prevent plagiarism in some of the world’s most renowned institutions.

More on the subject

Learn in detail how we help preventing plagiarism in our case studies, understand what Urkund does and how it works or directly request a quote.

Copenhagen Business School (CBS), the biggest school of economics in northern Europe, has a very strict policy on plagiarism of research and student theses.

After implementing Urkund they could quickly see an increase in the volume of detected plagiarism. Furthermore, Urkund started to be used as a basis for discussion with the students and a pedagogical tool, thus giving CBS the upper hand when it came to proactively dealing with the underlying issues of plagiarism.

Read the full case study here.

One of the most common reasons behind plagiarism across the board, from undergraduate papers to dissertations, is the lack of sufficient knowledge when it comes to proper citation and referencing.

In our guide we list best practices, methods, and common styles of citing and referencing. This guide has long been a favourite resource, free to use and reuse in any course or as a cheat sheet for students and staff alike.

Access the guide here.

We have promoted original thinking and academic integrity for two decades. Schedule a call with one of our experts today.