Cheating and plagiarism

Cheating relates to the use of unauthorised means (or otherwise), attempting to cheat in tests or when a student assignment is otherwise assessed (The Higher Education Ordinance, Chapter 10, section 1).

Plagiarism is defined as submitting somebody else’s work as your own.

Read more in KTH's Handbook - Guiding students away from plagiarism.

Helping students to avoid plagiarism is a guide that is intended for both teachers and students. Most of the chapters deal with subjects that are probably of more interest to teachers, but each chapter also has a section that suggests how students can benefit from reading the text. As a student, you need to know what your teacher expects from you. You need to develop your academic skills and an understanding of how the examinations are used to test your knowledge. The more you know about plagiarism, the less you need to worry about it. There is also a section on how to develop your academic skills and, above all, how to develop a scientific style of writing (see page 38 and the following pages).

The guide will not provide you with all the information you need about plagiarism, since it requires a variety of skills to avoid it. You will also need to discover how to find well-researched texts and develop skills for referencing and compiling bibliographies; you will receive instruction on how to do this in the library. You will learn what type of information, data and ideas your teacher does not want you to share with your fellow students – something only your teacher can help you with. You must learn to use reference material to support and justify the arguments presented in what you have written; this is something your supervisor can help you with. This guide can help you to understand the problems and also help you to understand why the above skills are necessary.