Last month I featured RefME a citation tool that lets you write the bibliography of a report or any type of research paper without leaving Microsoft Word. They’ve just released a survey all about student plagiarism. It makes a great case for the use of tools that help students avoid plagiarism and correctly cite the work of others as they complete their writing. I’m just finishing up my own doctoral work and I know how important it is to make sure you are keeping track of sources and citing correctly as your write.
So what does the study show about student plagiarism?
- 72% of US students fear facing disciplinary action for plagiarism
- More than half of US students had lost points for incorrect citations
- 3 in 5 students wanted more information about citing
- 18% of US students were wrong or unsure when asked whether ‘ghost writing’ constitutes academic misconduct
- 65% of students have turned to citation tools to avoid plagiarism
You can check out the entire survey here and learn more about the RefME citation tool on their website. It’s easy to use and a great option for students. Especially those who are clearly looking for support when it comes to avoiding plagiarism!
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