Can I copy this? Awareness about Plagiarism among Research Scholars of Karnataka State Akkamahadevi Women’s University – A Study


The present study carried out to know the awareness of plagiarism among research scholars of Karnataka State Akkamahadevi Women’s University, Vijayapura (India). A structured questionnaire was designed and distributed among research scholars to collect their opinion on the topic. This study found that the majority of the scholars 68 (100%) are aware of various kinds of plagiarism and many 44 (64.71%) of them learnt about plagiarism through fellow scholars. This study also investigates that most of the scholars are 47 (69.12%) aware of Urkund, a plagiarism detection software, and 31 (45.59%) of them know about APA (American Psychological Association) reference style. A 48 (70.59%) are copying other works as they felt that hard to find original ideas/thoughts and because of laziness and 47 (69.12%) of them are giving proper citations to avoid the plagiarism.