Plagiarism is the deliberate use of someone else’s thoughts, words or ideas as one’s own, without clear attribution of their source. It is a serious offense in academia and a major ethical concern in scientific writing. Despite an increased awareness of the dangers of plagiarism in academic circles and in the media plagiarism is present in scientific writing. Objectives:
To assess the knowledge and attitude regarding and correlate age and academic year with knowledge regarding plagiarism among post graduate dental students of Bangalore city.
Methods: An observational cross-sectional study conducted among the post graduate students of all dental college in Bangalore City, to assess the knowledge and attitude regarding plagiarism among post graduate students in Bangalore city. The study was conducted for duration of 3 months (from June 15th to September 15th 2015). A self-structured close ended questionnaire was used; the questionnaire was designed to collect the knowledge and attitude of post graduate students towards plagiarism. The data was collected compiled &analysed using SPSS software.
Results: In the present study out of 452 participants, 156(34.5%) of them were males and 296(65.5%) were females. Among the study participants 41.2% were having very good knowledge followed by 40.5% with good knowledge and only 18.4% with excellent knowledge and 87.8% had uncertain attitude, followed by 9.7% with positive attitude and only 2.4% with negative attitude. Strong positive correlation was seen between overall knowledge and age (r=0.90, p=0.00), week positive correlation was seen between overall knowledge and academic year (r=0.56, p=0.00)
Conclusion: It was concluded that post graduate have very good knowledge about plagiarism but most of them had uncertain attitudes which reflects their neglect towards the topic and which may have cause problem in the health care field.