Plagiarism: The Role of Librarian and Teachers in Combating It

Plagiarism: The Role of Librarian and Teachers in Combating It

Praveen Shukla (Durgapur Women's College, India) and Chandrima Das (Durgapur Women's College, India)
Copyright: © 2020 |Pages: 11
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-1482-5.ch011

Abstract

Plagiarism is using other's writing without properly crediting the author. The act itself may involve a violation of copyright. It definitely violates academic ethics. In the age of the internet, proliferation of information available online has made it extremely easy to plagiarize. There are various types of plagiarism and academic misconduct, though scholars often disagree as to exactly what constitutes a proper definition of plagiarism. Very often teachers, as well as students, practice it in some form or other due to sheer ignorance. It is the responsibility of the teachers and the librarians to devise strategies to combat plagiarism within the academia by raising awareness within both the teaching and student communities.
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About Plagiarism

The University of Oxford in its website provides guidelines to the students regarding plagiarism. According to these guidelines--

Plagiarism is presenting someone else’s work or ideas as your own, with or without their consent, by incorporating it into your work without full acknowledgement. All published and unpublished material, whether in manuscript, printed or electronic form, is covered under this definition. Plagiarism may be intentional or reckless, or unintentional.(“Plagiarism | University of Oxford,” n.d.)

Merriam-Webster’s Online Dictionary explains that to plagiarize is—

Key Terms in this Chapter

Self Plagiarism: Non citing of owns earlier work.

Reference Management Tools: These are the software used by the scholars to make the in text citations and referencing in their writings.

Mendeley: Reference management software produced by Elseiver. It is provided freely by the Elseiver.

Academic Librarian: Librarian attached to the academic institutions as school, college, university etc.

Zotero: Open source reference management software.

Plagiarism: The act of using others thought or intellect and claiming to be the owner of it.

Plagiarist: The person who does the plagiarism.

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