Deconstructing plagiarism: International students and textual borrowing practices

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This article reviews studies from various disciplines on plagiarism as a cross-cultural issue and examines cultural, educational, and linguistic factors that may influence the textual borrowing practices of international students. The reasons international students may employ inappropriate source use are complex and attempts to address and combat plagiarism in higher education must take into account multiple factors. Recommendations are made for ways in which academic libraries can assist international students with understanding plagiarism through orientations, instruction, reference service, and web-based guides and tutorials.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)31-44
Number of pages14
JournalReference Librarian
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2009

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Library and Information Sciences


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