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Many students do not understand what plagiarism is

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Asked about a situation where 40 per cent of a submission is copied word for word without using quotations, citations or references, 91 per cent of respondents accurately identify this as plagiarism.

The study is the result of a three-year project led by Coventry University, based on an anonymous and voluntary survey of almost 5,000 students, teachers and senior managers across Europe.

Data from the survey also show that almost a third of UK students think they have plagiarised either deliberately or accidentally.

This compares with 65 per cent in Lithuania, 46 per cent in France and only 10 per cent in Germany.

Overall the study was likely to present a positively skewed picture of plagiarism policies and procedures in Europe because participation was voluntary and many institutions declined to take part.

The preliminary findings will be presented on 12-13 June at a conference hosted by Mendel University in the Czech Republic and sponsored by plagiarism detection service Turnitin.

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