Turnitin compares submitted papers to other student papers, current and archived webpages, periodicals, journals and other publications. After the comparison has been made, Turnitin produces an originality report, which indicates what percentage of the student’s paper matches documents in their database. Turnitin, the plagiarism checking software, is available via the Dropbox tool in Desire2Learn.
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Many instructors use 15% as a baseline, choosing to review papers over this percentage more thoroughly.
Turnitin provides a direct link to Internet sources and publications within the Originality Report so that you can complete a side-by-side comparison yourself.
If the student’s paper matches the paper of a student outside of your course or institution, you can request permission to view the paper from the other instructor directly. This feature was added in order to protect the intellectual property of the author, instructor and the institution.
Besides offering clues as to whether a student has plagiarized or not, reviewing a student’s originality report can also help you to determine when a student has over cited or quoted or cited incorrectly. You can also choose to exclude quoted material or the reference list.
Using Turnitin should be one part of a multipronged approach to preventing plagiarism in your course. To further assist students:
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