Plagiarism is a form of theft so it needs serious attention as well action. It is academic dishonesty and also affects copyright issues. As a rough estimate between 10% to 15% of academicians and 25% to 35 % students in universities and colleges are plagiarists. Plagiarism must be prevented at all levels of academic India does not have a statutory body to deal with scientific misconduct in academia like the Office of Research Integrity in the US. China has also strengthened its regulatory system to counter the rampant problems of plagiarism and is ready with a new law to clamp down on academic cheating at its universities. It can be reduced by proper awareness, counseling. following strict research and ethical guidelines, open and transparent policy, by putting contents online etc. The lecture introduces and explains the purpose of research, reporting research, and guidelines for research work. Defines and categorizes plagiarism. Describes the reasons and consequences of plagiarism and discusses at length how to avoid plagiarism. Explains with suitable examples; how to check plagiarism with standard software. from student papers to academic books.
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