Sociological Effects Of Plagiarism: Literature Review On Students

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Literature review
It is necessary to define plagiarism in detail in order for us to understand why plagiarising is wrong and also learn of ways to prevent it.
Plagiarism- turning in someone else’s work as your own, copying words or ideas from someone else without giving credit, failing to put a quotation in quotation marks, changing words but copying the sentence structure of source without giving credit. Now that we have defined plagiarism it is important to find out why students decide or rather find themselves plagiarising.
There are many reasons for plagiary, however research done on students has brought up the following to be on top of the list.
Students plagiarise because they are lazy, students panic because of time management, students lack confidence because truly writing has never been that easy lastly it is easier to copy and paste someone’s work from the internet.
According to a study done by Carroll (2008) on foreign students going to the UK and a study by Sutherland- Smith (2008) on international students going to Australia plagiarism differs from culture to culture. The studies show that plagiarism is an inter-disciplinary issue triggered by psychological, sociological and moral behaviour.
It is safe to say psychological refers to the inability to write/ confidence. Sociological means time management. Moral means honesty therefore in simple terms student plagiarise because of the inability to write academically, they lack confidence maybe because they lack
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