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Awareness and Use of Anti-Plagiarism Methods by Faculty Members and Research Scholars of Select Central Universities of Uttar Pradesh, India

Library Herald

Year : 2023, Volume : 61, Issue : 2

First page : ( 55) Last page : ( 75)

Print ISSN : 0024-2292. Online ISSN : 0976-2469.

Article DOI : 10.5958/0976-2469.2023.00014.3


Awareness and Use of Anti-Plagiarism Methods by Faculty Members and Research Scholars of Select Central Universities of Uttar Pradesh, India


Sharma Sandeep1, Kumar Manish2

1Research Scholar, Department of Library and Information Science, University of Delhi, Delhi-110007, Email: sandeepinfoman@gmail.com

2Associate Professor, Department of Library Information Science, University of Delhi, Delhi-110007, Email: kkmaniii2014@gmail.com


Abstract

Higher Educational Institutions (HEIs) are knownfor research andinnovation in their respective domain. The quality of research work generated by its researchers and faculty members brings fame and laurels tothe parent institutions as well as to the nation which will subsequently serve humanity. In the contemporary academic environment, the unethical practice followed in research has been discussed enormously, posing a serious concern globally. Plagiarism is one such practice that has been reported and discussed inthe recent past.As per the academic and scholarly literature on plagiarism, the primary reason for plagiarism proliferation is the unawareness, misconception, and attitude of the research scholarsand faculty members toward it.The present study isan attempt to measure awareness of plagiarism in academics, methods, tools and techniques adopted to counter plagiarism among faculty members and research scholars of three central universities in Uttar Pradesh viz. Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), Banaras HinduUniversity (BHU), Babasaheb BhimraoAmbedkar University, Lucknow (BBAU). The study followed the survey method using a structured questionnaire for data collection using a random sampling method. The study aims to identify and analyze the different aspect under awareness including the requirement of anti-plagiarism software before submitting a research paper or thesis for submission, the source of plagiarism awareness, the difference between similarity and plagiarism. The study reveals and reports the methods, tools and techniques used to avoid plagiarism like paraphrasing, similarity detection tools, reference managers, using quotations wherever required, attending awareness programs, etc. The study finds that despite awareness of plagiarism there is a need to conduct more awareness and training programs.


Keywords

Plagiarism, Academic Dishonesty, Awareness, Anti-Plagiarism Methods, Plagiarism Detection Tools, AMU, BBAU, BHU.

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