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Won't publishing theses on the web encourage plagiarism?

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No. Of course, plagiarism is

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UTS Library, 8 years ago

No. Of course, plagiarism is always a concern, and publishing any document in print or online will give increased access to potential plagiarists. However, plagiarism will be also easier to detect (and prove) due to wider familiarity with the contents.

Most analyses show that the overall effect of electronic publishing is to discourageplagiarism. Plagiarism from a printed thesis available only in a single library is often very hard to detect since only the author and supervisor are usually familiar with it.

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