The Problems of Plagiarism Essay

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Plagiarism is an academic misconduct in which students use someone’s ideas or information in their work without proper referencing. While western culture insists that sources of words, ideas, images, sounds be documented for academic purposes, “plagiarism is now recognized as a serious problem especially in university where students are just copying words from web sites or someone else’s work” (The Owl At Purdue, 2007 ). According to East (2006, p.16), “many Australian universities are now developing and presenting policies which deal with standards of integrity and attempt to define plagiarism and specify its penalties”. Student plagiarism is problematic in all academic disciplines as a result of various factors, and is a current…show more content…
(The Owl At Purdue, 2007) A student’s failure to record any use of ideas from identifiable sources is a dishonest and improper use of sources, whether by mistake or by intention. Plagiarism often occurs due to a lack of understanding of the concept of plagiarism and of the academic conventions of acknowledging sources of information. Problems in regards to plagiarism are particularly relevant to international students who must adjust to unfamiliar use of referencing and citation and struggle to manage conventions expected by academic institutions for referencing, quotes and citations. The issue of plagiarism for international students relates to problems understanding of the university’s definition of plagiarism, the intellectual concept of plagiarism, the rules about acknowledging references and citations, and the conventions about how and when to acknowledge references and citations, that is a practical application of these rules. Jonathon Hall identifies deficient reading, writing and summarizing skills amongst students as a major reason for intentional plagiarism: “the plagiarist is trying to "pass" as a member of a community into which he or she has been imperfectly integrated” (Hall, 2005) Accidental mistakes have been identified as a common cause of plagiarism, since students are aware of the value of citing respected references in their assignments, so one factor
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