Event Title

An Exploration of Undergraduate Students’ Understanding of What Constitutes Plagiarism

Presentation Type

Poster Session

Location

Burnett Honors College

Start Date

14-10-2011 5:30 PM

End Date

14-10-2011 7:00 PM

Description/Abstract

The authors previously reported evidence that in a UCF Web-based course, up to 77% of students copied and pasted their essay responses from Web sites. Moreover, 33% of these statements on the essay exam question were plagiarized by students (Whitten, Collins, Maleski, & Mottarella, 2009). In one study by Frose et. al. (1995), approximately half of students did not know how to properly cite a source. Clearly, plagiarism is a problem in higher education that cannot be ignored at any university that places value on academic integrity. The present study explores what undergraduate students believe constitutes plagiarism.

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An Exploration of Undergraduate Students’ Understanding of What Constitutes Plagiarism

Burnett Honors College

The authors previously reported evidence that in a UCF Web-based course, up to 77% of students copied and pasted their essay responses from Web sites. Moreover, 33% of these statements on the essay exam question were plagiarized by students (Whitten, Collins, Maleski, & Mottarella, 2009). In one study by Frose et. al. (1995), approximately half of students did not know how to properly cite a source. Clearly, plagiarism is a problem in higher education that cannot be ignored at any university that places value on academic integrity. The present study explores what undergraduate students believe constitutes plagiarism.