Student Plagiarism in an Online World: Problems and Solutions

Student Plagiarism in an Online World: Problems and Solutions

Tim S. Roberts (Central Queensland University, Australia)
Indexed In: SCOPUS
Release Date: December, 2007|Copyright: © 2008 |Pages: 320
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-801-7
ISBN13: 9781599048017|ISBN10: 1599048019|EISBN13: 9781599048031
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Description & Coverage

Twenty years ago, plagiarism was seen as an isolated misdemeanor, restricted to a small group of students. Today it is widely recognized as a ubiquitous, systemic issue, compounded by the accessibility of content in the virtual environment.

Student Plagiarism in an Online World: Problems & Solutions describes the legal and ethical issues surrounding plagiarism, the tools and techniques available to combat the spreading of this problem, and real-life situational examples to further the understanding of the scholars, practitioners, educators, and instructional designers who will find this book an invaluable resource.


The many academic areas covered in this publication include, but are not limited to:

  • Alternatives to plagiarism
  • Assessing textual plagiarism
  • Assignments that support original work
  • Blogging and plagiarism
  • Contract Cheating
  • Contributing factors to online plagiarism
  • Controlling plagiarism
  • Educating students
  • Information revolution
  • Lecturer attitudes toward plagiarism
  • Plagiarism and international students
  • Plagiarism and the community college
  • Plagiarism as an ethical issue
  • Plagiarism detection systems
  • Plagiarism prevention
  • Plagiarism-related behaviors
  • Student perspective of plagiarism
  • Unintentional plagiarism
  • Writing as a developmental skill
Reviews and Testimonials

This book brings the student (plagiarism) story up-to-date, set it into context, and illustrates the more nuanced understanding of this complex phenomenon that is now emerging.

– Tim S. Roberts, Central Queensland University, Australia

This is an informative book that will encourage educators at all levels to think in more depth about the issue of plagiarism. As such, it will be an excellent addition to an academic library, from high school level and above, as well as public libraries.

– American Reference Books Annual, Vol. 39

The 16 articles here explain the reasons for the stupendous rise in plagiarism, including student perceptions, lecturer attitudes and commercial interests, facets of plagiarism particular to international students, and detection programs.

– Book News Inc. (2008)

Thirteen chapters that reveal very interesting solutions to ways to adjust our thinking towards the vexing issue of plagiarism. This book is a must buy for anyone wishing to know how to do deal with this ever increasing dilemma.

– Elsepth McKay, PhD, FACS RMIT University, School of Business IT, USA

Since technology seems to move at the speed of light, Roberts has made it easy to get up to speed on plagiarism and more than supplies the impetus and inspiration for an intelligent plan of action.

– Rebecca K. Mangin, Early Childhood Professional
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Editor/Author Biographies
Tim S Roberts is a Senior Lecturer with the Faculty of Informatics and Communication at the Bundaberg campus of Central Queensland University. He has been teaching online courses since 1992, including computer programming to over a thousand students located throughout Australia and overseas, many of them studying entirely online. In 2001 together with Lissa McNamee and Sallyanne Williams he developed the Online Collaborative Learning in Higher Education web site at, and in 2002 with Joanne McInnerney the Assessment in Higher Education web site at He was awarded the Bundaberg City Council’s prize for excellence in research in 2001, and the Dean’s Award for quality research in 2002. He edited Online Collaborative Learning: Theory and Practice in 2003.
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