PL EN


2014 | 11 | 1 | 255-263
Article title

Why Do Students Plagiarize? Efl Undergraduates’ Views on the Reasons Behind Plagiarism

Authors
Title variants
Languages of publication
EN
Abstracts
EN
Cheating and plagiarism spread like pandemics in many educational contexts and are difficulty to detect, fight and also to understand. The purpose of this exploratory study is to investigate what first-year students of English at a large Hungarian university believe to be the main reasons for plagiarism. Twenty-five students were asked to express their views in a free opinion essay. Perceived reasons were categorized into twelve main groups based on the literature and the reasons for plagiarism provided by faculty members at the same university. The most often mentioned reasons included saving time and effort and unintentional plagiarism.
Publisher
Year
Volume
11
Issue
1
Pages
255-263
Physical description
Dates
published
2014-03-01
online
2014-05-01
Contributors
author
  • University of Szeged
References
  • Anderson, Gregory L. 1999. “Cyberplagiarism”. College & Research Libraries News 60 (5): 371-375.
  • Auer, Nicole J. and Krupar, Ellen M. 2001. “Mouse click plagiarism: the role of technology in plagiarism and the librarian’s role in combating it”. Library Trends 49(3): 415-433.
  • Ballantine, Joan and McCourt Larres, Patricia. 2012. “Perceptions of authorial identity in academic writing among undergraduate accounting students: implications for unintentional plagiarism”. Accounting Education: An International Journal 21(3): 289-306.
  • Blimling, Gregory S. and Alschuler, Alfred S. 1995. “Curbing epidemic cheating through systemic change”. College Teaching 43 (4): 123-126.
  • Doró, Katalin. 2011. “Students’ perception about their preparedness for undergraduate studies of English” in: UPRT 2009: Empirical studies in English applied linguistics. Szabó, Gábor, Horváth, József and Nikolov, Marianne (eds). Pécs: Lingua Franca Csoport, 81-91.
  • Doró, Katalin. 2013. The role of lexical knowledge and its testing in an L2 academic context. Saarbrücken: LAP Lambert Academic Publishing.
  • Halupa, Colleen and Bolliger, Doris, U. 2013. “Faculty Perceptions of Student Self Plagiarism: An Exploratory Multi-university Study”. Journal of Academic Ethics Harvard Guide to Using Sources. Retrieved on August 30, 2013 from http://isites.harvard.edu/icb/icb.do?keyword=k70847&pageid=icb.page342054
  • Horváth, József. 2012. “A szakmai közösségnek tudnia kell ezekről a problémákról”: A plágium kezelése a magyar egyetemi gyakorlatban” [“The academic public needs to know about these problems”: Dealing with plagiarism in Hungarian higher education]. Iskolakultúra 22(7-8): 96-110.
  • Howard, Rebecca M. 1993. “A plagiarism pentimento”. Journal of Teaching Writing, 11(3): 233-246.
  • Howard, Rebecca Moore, Rodrigue, Tanya K. and Serviss, Tricia C. 2010. “Writing from sources, writing from sentences.” Writing and Pedagogy 2(2): 177-192.
  • International Center for Academic Integrity. Retrieved on August 30, 2013 from http://www.academicintegrity.org/icai/integrity-1.php
  • Li, Yongyan and Casanave, Christine Pearson. 2012. “Two first-year students' strategies for writing from sources: Patchwriting or plagiarism?” Journal of Second Language Writing 21(2):165-180.[WoS]
  • Li, Yongyan. 2013. “Text-based plagiarism in scientific publishing: Issues, developments and education”. Science and Engineering Ethics 19(3): 1241-1254.[WoS]
  • Liao, Ming-Tzu and Tseng, Chiung-Ying. 2012. “Students' behaviors and views of paraphrasing and inappropriate textual borrowing in an EFL academic setting”. Journal of Pan-Pacific Association of Applied Linguistics 4(2): 187-211.
  • McCabe, Donald, L. 2005. “Cheating among college and university students: A North American perspective”. International Journal of Academic Integrity 1(1): 1-11.
  • McCullough, Mark; Holmberg, Melissa. 2005. “Using the Google search engine to detect word-for-word plagiarism in Master's theses: A preliminary study”. College Student Journal 39(3):435-441.
  • McMurtry, Kim. 2001. “E-cheating: Combating a 21st century challenge.” THE Journal 29(4): 36-41.
  • Merriam Websters online dictionary. Retrieved on August 30, 2013 from http://www.merriamwebster.com/dictionary/plagiarize
  • Park, Chris. 2003. “In Other (People’s) Words: plagiarism by university students-literature and lessons”. Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education 28(5): 471-488.
  • Pecorari, Diane. 2003. “Good and original: Plagiarism and patchwriting in academic second-language writing.” Journal of Second Language Writing 12(4): 317-345.
  • Pecorari, Diane. 2008. Academic Writing and Plagiarism: A Linguistic Analysis. London: Continuum.
  • Penn State Pulse Academic Integrity March 2008 survey report. http://studentaffairs.psu.edu/assessment/pdf/154.pdf
  • Razera, Diana. 2011. Awareness, attitude and perception of plagiarism among students and teachers at Stockholm University. Unpublished Master’s thesis. Stockholm University, Sweden. Retrieved on August 30, 2013 from http://kth.diva-portal.org/smash/get/diva2:432681/FULLTEXT01.
  • Rezanejad, Atefeh and Rezaei, Saeed. 2013. “Academic dishonesty at universities: The case of plagiarism among Iranian language students”. Journal of Academic Ethics 11(4):275-295.
  • Roig, Miguel. 2001. “Plagiarism and paraphrasing criteria of college and university professors”. Ethics and Behavior 11(3): 307-323.
  • Szabo, Attila and Underwood, Jane. 2004. “Cybercheats is information and communication technology fuelling academic dishonesty?”Active Learning in Higher Education 5(2): 180-199.
  • Teh, Eng Choo and Paull Megan. 2013. “Reducing the prevalence of plagiarism: A model for staff, students and universities”. Issues in Educational Research 23(2), 283-298.
  • TESL-EJ forum. 2002. Perspectives on plagiarism in the ESL/EFL classroom. Retrieved on August 30, 2013 from http://tesl-ej.org/ej23/f1.html
  • The Citation Project. 2013. Retrieved on August 30, 2013 from http://site.citationproject.net/
  • Zafarghandi, Amir Mahdavi, Khoshroo, Fatemeh and Barkat, Behzad. 2012. “An investigation of Iranian EFL Masters students’ perceptions of plagiarism”. International Journal for Educational Integrity 8(2): 69-85.
Document Type
Publication order reference
Identifiers
YADDA identifier
bwmeta1.element.doi-10_2478_rjes-2014-0029
JavaScript is turned off in your web browser. Turn it on to take full advantage of this site, then refresh the page.