An investigation into the attitudes of academic librarians towards Internet plagiarism of HE students

Bartlett, Rebecca and Casselden, Biddy (2011) An investigation into the attitudes of academic librarians towards Internet plagiarism of HE students. Library and Information Research, 35 (110). pp. 29-42. ISSN 1756-1086

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Abstract

This paper investigates the attitudes of academic librarians towards Internet plagiarism by higher education students in the United Kingdom (UK), examining how they define Internet plagiarism, their perceived role in combating this phenomenon, and the skills and techniques they have or will adopt to achieve this. A Delphi study was undertaken using a sample of 10 respondents. The responses demonstrated that plagiarism is a multifaceted term and not easily definable, however respondents were unanimous in their opinion that the Internet has made it easier to plagiarise. The potential for active collaboration between librarians and academics to jointly address Internet plagiarism was seen as vital by all respondents, although opinion was divided on the role of librarians and academics. A blended approach is recommended, which involves policing and prevention; in addition to ensuring that students are achieving information literacy well before they reach the gates of the University.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: plagiarism, information literacy
Subjects: X900 Others in Education
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Mathematics and Information Sciences
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Depositing User: EPrint Services
Date Deposited: 14 Sep 2011 11:13
Last Modified: 09 May 2017 18:47
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/3182

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