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Avoiding academic fraud

tekijä: halttune — Viimeisin muutos torstai 10. elokuuta 2017, 15.42
Test your knowledge about citing and academic ethics.

Forms of misconduct in science:

  • Fabrication: presenting fabricated data, e.g. made up results, to the research community
  • Misrepresentation: intentionally altering or only partially presenting original findings or theoretical evidence in a way which distorts the results
  • Plagiarism: presenting someone else’s work or ideas as one’s own
  • Misappropriation: stealing someone else’s original research idea, plan or findings

Plagiarism is a serious academic offence. It is often unintentional and results from ignorance. Plagiarism is illegal and against all professional ethics and good research practice.

What does Plagiarism mean?

Plagiarism means presenting other people’s ideas and work as your own without mentioning the original source.

How to Avoid Plagiarism?

Avoid plagiarism by learning to cite your sources properly. By citing your sources you make clear which are your own ideas, and which are somebody else’s. To avoid plagiarism always mention the original source when you

  • Borrow other people’s text, ideas, research results, illustrations.
  • Quote someone’s text directly.
  • Summarize or explain somebody else’s ideas or arguments in your own words.
  • Present facts that are not common knowledge.

Always remember to mention the source whether you borrow from a printed book or a journal or a fellow student’s assignment, or whether you copy/paste from an electronic source (ebooks, e-journals, internet etc.).

Recognize also self-plagiarism Self-plagiarism means presenting one’s own prior work as new work for another assignment. E.g. writing an article which sums up your thesis is self-plagiarism in some disciplines. Remember to check this with your supervisor before you start!
Urkund Detection System

University of Jyväskylä uses the Urkund Plagiarism Detection System to analyse theses and other study-related assignments submitted by students.

For further details see the Urkund presentation.

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