“It Just Messes Your Mind”: U.S. International Students’ Perspectives of and Experiences with Academic Text Sourcing

Authors

  • Janet Kesterson Isbell Tennessee Technological University, United States
  • Jayati Chaudhuri California State University-Los Angeles, United States
  • Deborah L. Schaeffer California State University-Los Angeles, United States

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.32674/jis.v8i1.167

Keywords:

academic integrity, international students, plagarism, text sourcing

Abstract

This critical case study explored how six international students enrolled in two U.S. universities perceived and understood the concept of plagiarism. Through our participants’ stories, we challenged a system that insists on international students’ conformity, without adequate knowledge or training, to a U.S. or Western system of text borrowing and sourcing that may be different from what the students have learned in their home countries. Our study calls for educational rather than punitive means of addressing international students’ problems with crediting sources.

Author Biographies

Janet Kesterson Isbell, Tennessee Technological University, United States

JANET KESTERSON ISBELL, PhD, is an associate professor in the College of Education. She teaches graduate literacy and research methods courses, and her research interests include poverty, literacy, social justice, and teacher education. 

Jayati Chaudhuri, California State University-Los Angeles, United States

JAYATI CHAUDHURI, MS, MLIS, is an assistant professor and user services librarian. She teaches information literacy classes from the library. Her research interests include diversity, plagiarism, and open access to scholarly communication.

Deborah L. Schaeffer, California State University-Los Angeles, United States

DEBORAH L. SCHAEFFER, MLIS, is professor emerita and an academic librarian. She taught information literacy for BSN students in the School of Nursing. She has worked closely with graduates and undergraduates from various disciplines, both individually and in the classroom, on APA style.

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Published

2018-01-01

How to Cite

Isbell, J. K., Chaudhuri, J., & Schaeffer, D. L. (2018). “It Just Messes Your Mind”: U.S. International Students’ Perspectives of and Experiences with Academic Text Sourcing. Journal of International Students, 8(1), 308–331. https://doi.org/10.32674/jis.v8i1.167

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Research Articles (English)