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Understanding Plagiarism from the Lens of First Year Tertiary Level Students

Manjet Kaur Mehar Singh and Malini Ganapathy

Pertanika Journal of Tropical Agricultural Science, Volume 26, Issue T, December 2018

Keywords: Academic practices, academic integrity, first year students, higher education, plagiarism, tertiary level

Published on: 24 Dec 2018

This research assesses the understanding of plagiarism among first year Malaysian university students. The assessment is crucial to chart future directions in promoting good academic practices and academic integrity among the first year university students at the initial stage of their university academic journey. Specifically, the research objectives are to determine the extent of first year students' understanding of plagiarism in identifying plagiarism and non-plagiarism acts. Data collection involved administration of a quantitative survey among first year university students via purposive sampling. The findings present a lack of understanding of fundamental concepts of plagiarism among first year university students. In particular, the first year students displayed ambiguity in distinguishing between plagiarism and non-plagiarism acts. The implications of the findings call for the attention of university management, educators, and students towards the implementation of necessary policy priorities in inculcating and sustaining good academic practices among university students.

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