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Master of Science (MS)
School of Writing, Rhetoric, and Technical Communication
This thesis explores the question of how James Madison University (JMU) communicates information concerning plagiarism policy and values to students, especially first-year composition students. The research covers some history of plagiarism issues, questions of why plagiarism is so difficult for scholars to define, why students plagiarize, and how attitudes in academia are changing as definitions continue to evolve. Overall, JMU communicates plagiarism poorly to students in their early stages of integrating into life at JMU, though the university still takes pains to inform students of the consequences of plagiarism through first-year composition instructors. The implications of this writing are an attempt to offer another view of JMUâ€™s plagiarism policies and to hopefully inspire action to better communicate these policies to students.
Morrison, Michael Patrick, "Rhetoric of plagiarism: Problems, opportunities, and interactions" (2011). Masters Theses. 274.