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Advance Online Version Volume 4, 2009

Papers and Perspectives

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An Examination of Changes in the Use of Digital Technologies for the Monitoring of Academic Integrity Issues at the University Level

Garry Allan

Plagiary 2009 4(1): 1-6 (12 January 2021)


The nature of the student learning process has fundamentally changed as a result of the expanded array of electronic information sources. This change has been rapid and its ongoing evolution will continue to facilitate the development of knowledge synthesis capabilities in University graduates. Universities have recognised that within this dynamic, assessment practices must develop in a manner that retains the full integrity of the assessment process. As a consequence, electronic tools for the monitoring of academic integrity have been introduced at whole-of-University level in a number of Australasian Universities. Reported here is an overview of the change processes associated with a methodical implementation of this technology into the University environment. Emphasis is placed on the actions necessary to integrate the latest generation of academic integrity monitoring systems into a stable and sustainable component of student assessment practice University-wide. This includes communication to students that is well-matched to their understanding, and specifically covering the expectation of evidence-based writing at University level. It is acknowledged that text-matching technologies are at an early stage of evolution, and examples of developing Web-based service-oriented architectures for software in this field are presented.



A Survey of Samford University Students Regarding Plagiarism
and Academic Misconduct

Robert H. Schrimsher, Lori A. Northrup, and Susan P. Alverson

Plagiary 2009 3(2): 1-17 (11 February 2021)


The purpose of this study was to obtain students’ attitudes and opinions at Samford University regarding plagiarism and academic misconduct by means of an Internet-based survey system composed of yes/no questions and Likert-type rating scales. Data from 681 of approximately 4,500 Samford University students (15% return rate) were analyzed. Research indicates that plagiarism and other incidents of academic misconduct are on the rise for a variety of reasons. Students seemingly have the notion that Internet information is public knowledge and is thus free from intellectual property rights; therefore, they do not seem to think Internet information needs to be cited for academic purposes. The vast majority of Samford students agreed that if one submits a paper written by someone else, this would constitute plagiarism; and that it was unacceptable to copy/paste information from the Internet without proper citations. Slightly less than a majority of students disagreed that cheating was widespread at Samford; and a majority indicated that faculty should clarify their expectations regarding academic integrity. The results are somewhat similar to other plagiarism and academic misconduct studies.









The full text of all papers and perspectives articles will be made available through the University of Michigan's Scholarly Publishing Office in structured electronic text format. Links to advance online versions of these articles appear after the abstracts above. Hardcopy annual version will be published at the end of each calendar year. The views, opinions, and research results in these "Papers and Perspectives" articles are those of the respective authors who assume full responsibility for their article content per the Plagiary submissions guidelines. Responses and critiques relating to these "Papers and Perspectives" may be sent to the Editor. Authors will be given an opportunity to reply prior to publication of any responses/critiques.






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Plagiary represents a wide range of research topics which address general and specific issues relating to plagiarism, fabrication, and falsification. Devoted specifically to the scholarly, cross-disciplinary study of plagiary and related behaviors across genres of communication, Plagiary features research articles and reports on discipline-specific misconduct, case studies (historical and modern; inter-/intra-lingual), legal issues, literary traditions and conceptualizations, popular genres of discourse, detection and prevention, pedagogy (cheating & academic integrity), technical reports on related phenomena, and other topics of clear relevance (parody, pastiche, mimicry) along with book reviews and responses to published articles.

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