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ERIC Number: EJ778822
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Dec
Pages: 29
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1060-3743
Good and Original: Plagiarism and Patchwriting in Academic Second-Language Writing
Pecorari, Diane
Journal of Second Language Writing, v12 n4 p317-345 Dec 2003
Plagiarism is regarded as a heinous crime within the academic community, but anecdotal evidence suggests that some writers plagiarize without intending to transgress academic conventions. This article reports a study of the writing of 17 postgraduate students. Source reports in the student-generated texts were compared to the original sources in order to describe the relationship between the two. Interviews were also conducted with the student writers and their supervisors. The student writing was found to contain textual features which could be described as plagiarism, but the writers' accounts of their work and the textual analysis strongly suggest absence of intention to plagiarize, thus providing empirical verification of similar suggestions in the literature. Implications of these findings are discussed and include a recommendation that the focus on preventing plagiarism be shifted from post facto punishment to proactive teaching.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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