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Plagiarism: What Do Our Students Really Think And How Can We Help Them Avoid It
J. E. Owens
Kanda University, Japan
Plagiarism is an issue that is taken seriously in academia and can even be considered a crime. The problems it causes for students are usually blamed on cultural, educational and/or individual differences. Regardless, plagiarism needs to be clearly defined or explained to students.This paper looks in more detail at what students need, in terms of understanding plagiarism and learning how to avoid it. Then through student surveys it analyses the effectiveness of some activities used in class. The paper will be of use to any educator who has had trouble in the past with students submitting plagiarised work.