Turnitin is an online service that highlights matching text in written work. It indexes Internet sources, databases of subscription services, and written work submitted through its website. Assignments sent through Turnitin are scanned against all of its sources and a report is generated that summarizes and highlights matching text and where it was found. It is up to the instructors and students to interpret the report to determine if plagiarism occurred.
Turnitin is useful as a learning tool and an accountability tool.
As a learning tool, Turnitin can help writers learn to write with sources by pointing out whether the writer is relying too heavily on those sources and whether or not the writer is attributing sources properly.
By sharing the originality report with students, instructors allow students to check that all sources are attributed. It also allows them to see how much of their writing is their own ideas and how much is repeating the ideas and words of others.
There is a demonstrated need for Turnitin at Bradley University. Details of this are available in the Fall Teaching Forum presentation on Turnitin.
On the right are links for helping Faculty and Students learn more about Turnitin. The "How to Use Turnitin - Faculty" link contains a sample syllabus statement and step-by-step instructions for using Turnitin through Sakai. The "How to Use Turnitin - Students" link summarizes how to use Turnitin through Sakai, outlines accepted file types, and links to the Bradley University Academic Integrity Policy.
Resources for plagiarism prevention
- https://www.indiana.edu/~tedfrick/plagiarism/ - comprehensive tutorial created by Ted Frick of Indiana University to help writers understand plagiarism
- http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/589/01/ - Purdue University Online Writing Lab "Avoiding Plagiarism"
- http://www.indiana.edu/~wts/pamphlets/plagiarism.shtml - Indiana University "What is Plagiarism and how to recognize it"
- http://www.plagiarism.org/ - created by iParadigms/Turnitin
- Bradley University Policy on Plagiarism
Plagiarism is no lesser an offense than cheating. Examples of plagiarism as stated in The Modern Language Association’s MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers include but are not limited to repeating another’s sentences as your own, adopting a particularly apt phrase as your own, paraphrasing someone else’s argument as your own, and presenting someone else’s line of thinking in the development of a thesis as though it were your own. A “Zero,” or whatever is the equivalent of the lowest failing grade possible, shall be assigned for that piece of work to any student plagiarizing on a non-final piece of work. In the case of a student plagiarizing on a final research paper or project, an “F” shall also be assigned as the course grade.
Repeated Offenses of Plagiarism and Cheating
For repeated or aggravated offenses of cheating and or plagiarism, additional action, including dismissal from the University, may be taken pursuant to the Student Handbook procedures related to the University Judicial System and the disciplinary sanctions for violation of University regulations.