Plagiarism in Higher Education
Tackling Tough Topics in Academic Integrity
by Sarah Elaine Eaton
March 2021, 230pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
1 volume, Libraries Unlimited

Paperback: 978-1-4408-7437-6
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This candid treatment of plagiarism in higher education identifies causes of academic dishonesty and offers practical solutions.

With considerations for students, faculty members, librarians, and researchers, this book will explain and help to mitigate plagiarism in higher education contexts.

Plagiarism is a complex issue that affects many stakeholders in higher education, but it isn’t always well understood. This text provides an in-depth, evidence-based understanding of plagiarism with the goal of engaging campus communities in informed conversations about proactive approaches to plagiarism.

Offering practical suggestions for addressing plagiarism campus-wide, this book tackles such messy topics as self-plagiarism, plagiarism among international students, essay mills, and contract cheating. It also answers such tough questions as:

  • Why do students plagiarize, and why don’t faculty always report it?
  • Why are plagiarism cases so hard to manage?
  • What if researchers themselves plagiarize?
  • How can we design better learning assessments to prevent plagiarism?
  • When should we choose human detection versus text-matching software?
  • This nonjudgmental book focuses on academic integrity from a teaching and learning perspective, offering comprehensive insights into various aspects of plagiarism with a particular lens on higher education to benefit the entire campus community.


    • Provides a comprehensive treatment of plagiarism in higher education
    • Candidly presents tough topics, such as self-plagiarism and essay mills
    • Draws from the scholarly literature to empower educators, librarians, and students to think proactively about plagiarism prevention
    Sarah Elaine Eaton, PhD, is associate professor at the University of Calgary, Canada, where she also serves as the university's inaugural Educational Leader in Residence, Academic Integrity. In 2020, the Canadian Society for the Study of Higher Education named her for their prestigious Research and Scholarship Award. In addition, Eaton has received the Teaching Excellence Award from the Werkund School of Education (2015). She has led research projects on academic integrity at the national and local levels. She was the co-chair of the Canadian Symposium on Academic Integrity (2019) and has served as program chair for the International Center for Academic Integrity conference (2020). She regularly appears as a media guest for television and radio to talk about academic misconduct in higher education.


    "Considering the 'why' behind plagiarism, Eaton offers empowering knowledge for teaching assistants, tenured professors, academic librarians, and others involved in higher education."—Library Journal, June 1, 2021

    "This is an excellent survey on current issues of plagiarism in higher education and would be a valuable read for researchers, faculty members, and students alike."—Choice, February 1, 2022

    "Drawing upon her experiences as an educator and social scientist, Dr. Eaton has thoroughly scoured the plagiarism literature to develop this resource for the educators of today. The coverage of diversity, equity and inclusion is timely, and it is good to see that Dr. Eaton has positioned this as equally important to contract cheating, file sharing, and other developments that pose a threat to academic integrity."—Thomas Lancaster, Senior Teaching Fellow in Computing, Imperial College London

    “Dr. Sarah Elaine Eaton's Plagiarism in Higher Education: Tackling Tough Topics in Higher Education provides a specific, historical context of plagiarism while offering a call to action that requires scholars and practitioners to reimagine notions of plagiarism. Mindful of cultural nuance and complexity, this text is unique in its deference to various approaches and understandings of the concept [of plagiarism] beyond the written word. Eaton effortlessly weaves in personal anecdotes and attribution, offering guidance through what can be an intricate maze of considerations for understanding plagiarism in its rapidly evolving form. She is particularly adept at analyzing stakeholders' varying roles in action and prevention. This book is a necessary reference tool and invitation to refine current policies and practices.”—Ceceilia Parnther, Assistant Professor, Department of Administrative and Instructional Leadership, School of Education, St. John’s University

    "This book is different from others: It contains neither a definition of plagiarism nor any classification or categorization. Eaton convincingly explains why we should avoid moral binaries—instead of trying to distinguish between “good” and “bad,” the book captures plagiarism and related issues in their entirety and makes the reader rethink them with new perspectives. Stories from the author’s own experience complement the evidence-based approach, making the whole book both engaging and comprehensive. It is a must-have for anyone dealing with plagiarism."—Tomáš Foltýnek, Assistant Professor, Mendel University, Brno, Czechia
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