Is There an Effective Approach to Deterring Students for Plagiarizing?

TitleIs There an Effective Approach to Deterring Students for Plagiarizing?
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsBillic-Zulle, L, Azman, J, Frkovic, V, Petrovecki, M
JournalScience and Engineering Ethics
Date Published03/2008
ISSN Number1353-3452
Keywords- , Medical , Misconduct , plagiarism , Schools , Schools, , Scientific , STUDENTS , students,
AbstractThis article reports on the results of a study looking at the effectiveness of plagiarism detection software and penalty for plagiarizing in detecting and deterring plagiarism among medical students. The students in one group were given the task of writing an original essay, while the students of the second group were also told to write and essay, and were additionally warned against plagiarism, and how to avoid it. The third group ways also told to write an essay, told about plagiarism and how to avoid it, and also told about the plagiarism software which would be used to examine their papers. The students in the third group had a much lower rate of plagiarism than the two other groups, suggesting that plagiarism software and discussing plagiarism in the class is an effective deterrent.
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