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More comprehensive lists can be found in Roberts (2007) and Stoerger (2006). The provision of plagiarism detection software is seen to be a burgeoning area, and it can be expected that more such sites will come to prominence in the near future. eXIstInG stRAteGIes tO cOUnteR PLAGIARIsM A variety of different strategies are commonly used to counter plagiarism. A basic underpinning to all strategies, however, is the understanding that students should have been educated as to what plagiarism is, that intentional plagiarism is unacceptable in any academic environment, and that unintentional plagiarism can usually be avoided by the application of proper referencing standards.

S. studies, the proportion of students admitting to academic misconduct, characterised by use of unacknowledged text in written assignments, has increased threefold since 1999 (Centre for Academic Integrity, 2005). From these studies, it appears that students who admit to plagiarism commonly admit to other academic misconduct. In another self-report study involving four Australia universities, Marsden (2005b) surprisingly found that acts of plagiarism were admitted to by 81 percent of undergraduate students.

001) in paraphrasing text in comparison to students enrolled in business, health and art, education, and law. Overall, science and technology students tended to report lower confidence across the range of academic writing skills compared with students in the other disciplines. How Have students Developed their Academic Writing skills? Most students indicated that they had developed academic skills prior to entry to university. Nearly half of students in each year, and each discipline area, indicated that academic writing skills had been learned in their course of study at university, with a significant proportion of these students also undertaking workshops with academic learning support services.

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