Plagiarism

Plagiarism means imitating or copying someone else’s text or idea without stating the source of the copied material. Submitted coursework must be written using your own words and must be based on your own analysis and reflections on the subject. This is part of the learning process and improves your ability to think independently. It is also necessary to ensure fair grading of your coursework.

Explaining how your work builds upon and expands other people’s texts or ideas is necessary. To this end, it must be clear to the reader what is other people’s text or ideas and what is your own. Thus, when you quote or refer to someone else’s work, you must indicate from where you have got the information. All quotes must be entered correctly in quotation marks and you must state the source. Use block quotations for longer excerpts, if you need them. However, note that a text may not predominantly consist of quotations; rather, quotations should be used to illustrate or corroborate your own argument. Remember that you should use your own formulations even in oral presentations.

Any work you quote or refer to in writing should be stated as follows:

• For books, specify author, year of publication, title (in italics), place of publication, publisher and page(s)
• For articles published in journals, specify author, year of publication, title, name and number of the journal (in italics), and page(s)
• For articles published in conferences or collections, indicate author, year of publication, title, name(s) of editor(s) followed by the abbreviation (ed.), title of the volume (in italics), place of publication, publisher and, and page(s)
• For material downloaded from the Internet that can not be arranged according to the above, enter author, title, Internet address, and date of download

If you feel unsure about what counts as plagiarism, ask your teacher. Please note that it is the duty of the department head (through the teachers) to report cases of suspected plagiarism to the Disciplinary Committee at Stockholm University, and that this may lead to suspension.

For more information, see the document Guidelines for disciplinary procedures at Stockholm University