BANDUNG, unpas.ac.id – The phenomenon of plagiarism is still being popularly seen within
college students. If it is let go freely, plagiarism will stop the critical and creative thinking of
people, therefore students will find for more simple way in writing their scientific paper.
Reported from the podcast Unpas Talk Episode 27, on Friday, 17 June 2022, Head of Library
Institution Universitas Pasundan Dr. Titin Nurhayatin, M.Pd said that plagiarism can be triggered
by few factors.
Generally, students do not have their own will to write their original work, added by the fact that
they lack of knowledge on quoting ethics of other people’s work.
“In fact, it is okay to use information from published works. However, to quote someone's
opinion, there are ethics or rules that must be considered," she explained.
In addition to paying attention to the technique of citing literature or reference sources, students
also need to understand the ethics of writing scientific papers to avoid plagiarism.
“Students should know that there are sanctions set for plagiarism. For that, students must have an
understanding of literacy, accompanied by external encouragement from supervisors," she said.
Unpas Sets Plagiarism Check Tool
To prevent the practice of plagiarism, Unpas student who will take the final assignment trial
session is required to check their paper’s similarity by using plagiarism detection program.
If the level of similarity is high, then students are directed to revise their final assignment so that
the level of similarity does not exceed 30 percent.
"As a supervisor, I always direct students to write and quote correctly, and emphasize them to
seek information from journals, books, and others," she said.
Unpas library has also held training on information retrieval and plagiarism prevention as an
effort to minimize the element of plagiarism in writing scientific papers.
The Importance of Establishing the Interest and Culture of Reading
She thinks that the important thing to do to get rid of plagiarism is to raise reading interest.
Unpas library has already provided reading collection facilities which are quite complete and
updated, both in library and digital.
“We support students to create original works through these collection provisions. We also
coordinated with the faculty to be able to provide more books which are really needed by
students,” she added.
However, to raise reading interest still needs internal motivation and support from the family.
“There are so many opportunities to improve reading interest: we only do what we can to achieve
it,’ she confirmed. (Reta)**