What is Turnitin?
Turnitin allows faculty and students to check written work against a large database of compiled academic materials for originality. Assignments that are checked against a database will generate an Originality Report that will summarize matches or near-matches in the text.
The database includes and looks for matches in over 13.5 billion pages of web content, over 130 million papers in the student paper archive, and over 80,000 professional, academic, and commercial journals, and publications. New content is being continually added through partnerships with leading aggregators and publishers.
This tool not only assists faculty in detecting plagiarism, but allows students to properly edit and cite work that may be heavily quoted, paraphrased, or improperly sourced.