Plagiarism and the Community College

Plagiarism and the Community College

Teri Thomson Maddox (Jackson State Community College, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60960-503-2.ch513

Abstract

Although plagiarism is a problem in all educational institutions, the diversity of the community college student population and of the community college mission creates even more challenges. The purpose of this chapter is to discuss characteristics of community college students, define intentional and unintentional plagiarism, and provide methods that faculty can use to help students avoid both kinds of plagiarism.
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Plagiarism Confusion

Students and faculty have difficulties with plagiarism on college campuses because the concept of plagiarism is misunderstood (Breen & Maassen, 2005; Ercegovac & Richardson, 2004; Scanlon, 2003). Even though almost every institution’s Web site contains definitions of academic dishonesty and plagiarism, Breen and Maassen (2005) state that it is clear that “the existence of a policy was not sufficient in and of itself to eliminate plagiarism.” Scanlon (2003) says that the “amount of misconception on this topic appears to have grown exponentially in the past few years, as access to the Internet becomes nearly universal.” He cites several studies that suggest that students are not sure what plagiarism is and that they do not think it is as serious an issue as faculty does.

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