Plagiarism in Higher Education: Tackling Tough Topics in Academic Integrity

Libraries Unlimited. Mar. 2021. 230p. ISBN 9781440874376. pap. $70. PRO MEDIA
In this deep dive into plagiarism in higher education, Eaton (Werklund Sch. of Education, Univ. of Calgary) emerges with new insights. Rather than a simple how-to guide on what to do when faced with plagiarism or how to avoid it, her book is a nuanced explanation of a complex matter. Eaton tackles concepts related to plagiarism that shape the landscape and practice of educators in the context of higher education. She draws from experience and research to make her arguments, and advocates for a measured approach to plagiarism that’s focused on teaching and learning instead of antagonistic policy enforcement. Her careful treatment of complex and possibly contentious issues—such as self-plagiarism, faculty plagiarism, and equity, diversity, and inclusion in plagiarism scholarship—brings fresh perspective to topics relevant to every higher education setting.
VERDICT Considering the “why” behind plagiarism, Eaton offers empowering knowledge for teaching assistants, tenured professors, academic librarians, and others involved in higher education.
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