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Faculty Guidance


The University has a strict policy for dealing with plagiarism, and the Faculty of History takes the issue very seriously. It offers detailed guidance on how to avoid plagiarism and poor academic practice.

Plagiarism applies not only to the Part I Themes and Sources Long Essay, Part II Dissertation and Part II Special Subject Long Essay, but also generally to all work submitted to the Faculty as a part of its programme of teaching and examination. Students are urged to study the university policy and our local guidance carefully and to ensure that they understand it and abide by it. The Faculty is licensed to use the anti-plagiarism software, ‘Turnitin’ and reserves the right to subject students’ examination work to searches. 

Style Guide

The Faculty publishes a Style Guide, which advises on the best form in which to provide footnotes and bibliographies. This guide applies to all coursework submitted for examination in the Historical Tripos. Students are enjoined to study this Guide carefully and to ensure that they understand it and abide by it. It is most pertinent to Themes and Sources long essays and Part II dissertations, but may also be used if you decide to annotate your weekly essays; this is not obligatory, but is a valuable discipline. 

You may also find it useful to consult the following:

  • guide to questions about grammar and punctuation
  • skills website designed specifically to help you prepare for writing weekly supervision essays and for Prelim exams in April next year.

Recording lectures

The Faculty recognises that students may wish to record lectures for a variety of reasons.  This is permissible under certain conditions, as follows:

  1. In the case of any student with a disability whose Student Support Document identifies recording of lectures as an academic support requirement, the lecturer should permit a recording to be made. The student would be expected to have signed a recording agreement with the DRC.  
  2. Students wishing to record lectures for reasons other than disability (due to lecture clashes etc) should request permission from the individual lecturer in advance.  Requests to record lectures may be accepted or declined at the discretion of the lecturer, to whom it will also be left to decide whether the student should have to attend the lecture in order to record it.  
  3. Any student who is granted permission to record will be deemed to have agreed not to share it in any form with any third party.