Presentation Title

Plagiarism Issue for International Students: What Can Information Literacy Do?

Type of Presentation

Poster Session (45 minutes)

Target Audience

Higher Education

Abstract

While digital technologies provide increasing opportunities to enhance teaching, learning and research, academic institutions have to make more efforts to deal with issues such as plagiarism, especially among international students, because of their “cultural, educational, and linguistic hurdles” (Amsberry, 2009, p. 32) that keep them from a proper understanding of the academic integrity and plagiarism guidelines. Many universities take a legal approach to addressing plagiarism, which is one aspect, but a “holistic” approach can help implement “sustainable reform in university plagiarism management” (Sutherland-Smith, 2010, p. 13).

One important purpose of information literacy education is to help students understand what plagiarism is, and how to avoid it. Relevant literature has documented various solutions, including collaborative work between instructors and librarians, workshops organized by libraries, a required topic in research methods course, etc. Online tutorials is frequently mentioned as a useful tool because students who engage in online plagiarism tutorials are “better able to recognise cases of plagiarism” (Risquez, O’Dwyer & Ludwith, 2011, p. 760). Jackson (2005) suggests that international students would benefit from online tutorials and web pages specifically designed for them (p. 206). However, as “those who may have the greatest need for such tutorials may be reluctant to participate” (Risquez et al., 2011, p. 760), it may be more beneficial to integrate anti-plagiarism instruction into the information literacy curriculum (Lampert, 2004).

Based on an extensive review of relevant literature and the author’s experience, this presentation tends to discuss information literacy, plagiarism, and international students.

Presentation Description

Based on an extensive review of relevant literature and the author’s experience, this presentation tends to discuss information literacy, plagiarism, and international students.

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Plagiarism Issue for International Students: What Can Information Literacy Do?

While digital technologies provide increasing opportunities to enhance teaching, learning and research, academic institutions have to make more efforts to deal with issues such as plagiarism, especially among international students, because of their “cultural, educational, and linguistic hurdles” (Amsberry, 2009, p. 32) that keep them from a proper understanding of the academic integrity and plagiarism guidelines. Many universities take a legal approach to addressing plagiarism, which is one aspect, but a “holistic” approach can help implement “sustainable reform in university plagiarism management” (Sutherland-Smith, 2010, p. 13).

One important purpose of information literacy education is to help students understand what plagiarism is, and how to avoid it. Relevant literature has documented various solutions, including collaborative work between instructors and librarians, workshops organized by libraries, a required topic in research methods course, etc. Online tutorials is frequently mentioned as a useful tool because students who engage in online plagiarism tutorials are “better able to recognise cases of plagiarism” (Risquez, O’Dwyer & Ludwith, 2011, p. 760). Jackson (2005) suggests that international students would benefit from online tutorials and web pages specifically designed for them (p. 206). However, as “those who may have the greatest need for such tutorials may be reluctant to participate” (Risquez et al., 2011, p. 760), it may be more beneficial to integrate anti-plagiarism instruction into the information literacy curriculum (Lampert, 2004).

Based on an extensive review of relevant literature and the author’s experience, this presentation tends to discuss information literacy, plagiarism, and international students.