Plagiarism in Cyberspace: Learning the Rules of Recycling Content with a View Towards Nurturing Academic Trust in an Electronic World

29 Pages Posted: 24 Sep 2011  

Deborah R. Gerhardt

University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill - School of Law

Date Written: September 1, 2006

Abstract

This article explores the challenges of instilling a sense of academic integrity among a community of students who grew up in a cut and paste electronic environment. It advocates the adoption and use of a straight forward plagiarism definition without an intent element. Creating a clear understanding of what plagiarism is and how can it can be avoided is necessary to avoid the harms that result from incidents of plagiarism - both to individuals and to the academic community. To achieve this goal, the article proposes teaching ten rules for avoiding plagiarism in order to nurture a community of academic trust.

Keywords: plagiarism, academic integrity

Suggested Citation

Gerhardt, Deborah R., Plagiarism in Cyberspace: Learning the Rules of Recycling Content with a View Towards Nurturing Academic Trust in an Electronic World (September 1, 2006). UNC Legal Studies Research Paper No. 1932386. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1932386 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1932386

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