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ERIC Number: EJ1031638
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISSN: ISSN-0002-4805
University Students' and Instructors' Paraphrasing and Citation Knowledge and Practices
Schwabl, Krista; Rossiter, Marian J.; Abbott, Marilyn L.
Alberta Journal of Educational Research, v59 n3 p401-419 Fall 2013
Plagiarism is a widespread concern at post-secondary institutions (Perry, 2010). University students are expected to avoid plagiarism by citing sources and paraphrasing appropriately. Their written work, however, often contains "patchwriting", a developmental stage of writing that involves deleting/replacing words and/or altering structures in copied texts (Howard, 1995). Nine university instructors and 66 of their students responded to surveys addressing perceptions of paraphrasing and citation and recommendations for developing these skills. Responses revealed variations in perceptions of acceptable paraphrasing, particularly for patchwriting. Participants recommended paraphrasing workshops or online courses to provide more explicit instruction and guidance for both instructors and students.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Postsecondary Education; Higher Education
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Language: English
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