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.
Interested faculty can participate in our pilot semester during the Academic Integrity meeting, August 16th, 2 pm to 4 pm.
Along with other faculty members from HESS, Ed. SPEC, TED, and VPREP departments, you will have an opportunity to set up a Turnitin account, create your classes, and upload student data. Also, you can bring your course syllabi to outline assignments that you would like to run "originality checks" on. In addition to the "originality check" feature, you can view other resources Turnitin has to offer, such as "grade mark", where professors can track students’ grades; and "peer mark", a peer review tool for students.