Combating Student Plagiarism

Student plagiarism is an increasing problem in universities and colleges of advanced education with the rise in web‐based information. While plagiarism among university students has always existed, the ease and anonymity of the internet makes it simple to copy the work of others and to pass it off as your own. Despite the threat of plagiarism detection software students persist in copying information without acknowledging its source in the mistaken belief that anything on the internet is copyright free.


Librarian is also responsible for preventing the plagiarism issue among students in higher educational institution by helping the university to develop plagiarism policies. Thus, conducting workshop and training on anti-plagiarism in collaboration with faculties/research centre could be done by library as efforts for plagiarism prevention. Students are encourage to attend the class or workshop conducted by library since it’s important for them to get awareness on the plagiarism issue and therefore, could provide better academic tasks.

Additional reference for plagiarism among students for your further  reading :

Owens, Caleb and White, Fiona A. (2013). A 5-year systematic strategy to reduce plagiarism among first-year psychology university students. Australian Journal of Psychology, 65, 14-21. Retrieved from WILEY, DOI: 10.1111/ajpy.12005

Ford, P. J. and Hughes, C. (2011). Academic integrity and plagiarism: perceptions and experience of staff and students in a school of dentistry: A situational analysis of staff and student perspectives. European Journal of Dental Education, 16, 180-186. Retrieved from WILEY.

Vasconcelos, Sonia, et al. (2009). Discussing plagiarism in Latin American science. EMBO reports, 10(7), 1677-682.  Retrieved from WILEY.

Hu, Guangwei and Lei, Jun. (2011). Investigating Chinese University Students’ Knowledge of and Attitudes Toward Plagiarism from an Integrated Perspective. Language Learning, 62(3), 813-850. Retrieved from DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-9922.2011.00650.x

Evering, Lea Calvert and Moorman, Gary. (2012). Rethinking Plagiarism in the Digital Age. Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, 56(1), 35-44. Retrieved from DOI: 10.1002/JAAL.00100

Samuels, Linda B. and Bast, Carol M. (2006). Strategies to Help Legal Studies Students Avoid Plagiarism. Journal of Legal Studies Education, 23(2), 151-167. Retrieved from WILEY.

Using Structural Information and Citation Evidence to Detect Significant Plagiarism Cases in Scientific Publications. Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 63(2), 286-312. Retrieved from DOI: 10.1002/asi.21651

Rolfe, Vivien. (2011). Can Turnitin be used to provide instant formative feedback? British Journal of Educational Technology, 42(4), 701-710. _ Retrieved from DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-8535.2010.01091.x10c

Siti Balqis



Posted on June 13, 2016, in Research Support and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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