Understanding Plagiarism

There are many explanations for why students violate academic integrity. In any particular case, the reason can range from laziness to lack of skill. The following articles present excellent discussions of why students violate academic integrity. By thinking about the underlying reasons for the problem, instructional staff will be better prepared to adopt preventative strategies.

  • What is Plagiarism?:  Defining and Avoiding Plagiarism.  A statement on best practices from the Council of Writing Program Administrators.
  • Types of Plagiarism:  Students don't always intend to plagiarize. This chart describes a spectrum of plagiarism activities that are both intentional and unintentional.

  • University Students' Perceptions of Plagiarism:  A qualitative research study focusing on student ideas of plagiarism (Lori G. Power. "University Students’ Perceptions of Plagiarism." The Journal of Higher Education 80.6 (2009): 643-662.)
  • Plagiarism and the Challenge of Essay Writing: Learning from our Students:  Janice Newton discusses how the intellectual task of writing essays poses challenges for students - challenges they may resolve by plagiarizing.
  • Plagiarism in Second-Language Writing:  International authors Diane Pecorari and Bojana Petrić compiled a review article of research in understanding ESL research in the area of academic integrity.  The information on pages 285-286 is especially relevant. (Diane Pecorari and Bojana Petrić. "Plagiarism in Second-language Writing." Language Teaching 47 (2014): 269-302.)
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