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Over the years, there has been an increase awakening on plagiarism and the need to curb it, especially among postgraduate students. Hence, the need for them to have a good knowledge of plagiarism software.
This study investigates the adoption and use of plagiarism software among postgraduate students in universities in South-west Nigeria. Employing a survey research design and random sampling, thirty-four postgraduate students from each of the universities were selected.
The findings of the study revealed a moderate level of awareness among the respondents regarding the availability of plagiarism software. The frequency of use was also found to be low, indicating a gap between awareness and active engagement. Challenges such as subscription costs, inadequate knowledge of software usage, and issues pertaining to power supply and file restrictions were highlighted by the respondents.
Despite these challenges, the study revealed a strong motivation among students to employ plagiarism as a means to avoid academic misconduct, adhere to research ethics, and refine their writing skills.
In order to address the identified challenges, this study proposed strategies such as comprehensive training programs, improved access to power supply, and efforts to minimize subscription costs.
The study concludes by stating the need for universities and educational institutions to prioritise initiatives that support the effective use of plagiarism software, and to address the identified challenges through initiatives such as enhanced training and improved infrastructure which can help to bolster students' engagement with plagiarism software as well as foster a culture of academic integrity and ethical research practices.
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