Language, technology and the law : anti-plagiarism software and students' academic writing

Sutherland-Smith, Wendy and Carr, Rodney 2005, Language, technology and the law : anti-plagiarism software and students' academic writing, in 3rd annual Hawaii international conference on arts & humanities : 2005 conference proceedings, Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities, Honolulu, T.H., pp. 1-19.

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Title Language, technology and the law : anti-plagiarism software and students' academic writing
Author(s) Sutherland-Smith, Wendy
Carr, Rodney
Conference name International Conference on Arts and Humanities (3rd : 2005 : Honolulu, T.H.)
Conference location Honolulu, T.H.
Conference dates 13-16 Jan. 2005
Title of proceedings 3rd annual Hawaii international conference on arts & humanities : 2005 conference proceedings
Publication date 2005
Start page 1
End page 19
Total pages 19 p.
Publisher Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities
Place of publication Honolulu, T.H.
Summary Plagiarism is of grave concern for academic institutions in the twenty-first
century. Institutions utilise plagiarism policies, honour codes and regulations to ensure students develop a sense of educational integrity. Technology has recently afforded new methods for staff to detect plagiarism – through antiplagiarism software. This paper explores perspectives of seven teachers across five faculties to Turnitin.com (an anti-plagiarism software package) at a large Australian university. The findings indicate that software such as Turnitin.com may assist in the quest to detect text-matching, and perhaps reduce plagiarism. It should not, however, be considered the panacea for plagiarism. Plagiarism policies should also reflect cognisance of the existence of a 'plagiarism continuum' (Sutherland-Smith, 2003) through the use of technology. This research highlights the broader need for institutions to reformulate plagiarism policies in light of cross-cultural perspectives of authorship and attribution of text.
ISSN 1541-5899
Language eng
Field of Research 130399 Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 930403 School/Institution Policies and Development
HERDC Research category E2.1 Full written paper - non-refereed / Abstract reviewed
HERDC collection year 2005
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30031165

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