HSU uses Turnitin OriginalityCheck to teach proper citation and source integration, to address academic integrity, and to make investigating potential plagiarism easier.
The Turnitin originality report shows a paper’s text, highlighted with any text that matches sources found in the Turnitin databases. These databases contain vast amounts of web content, previously submitted papers, and subscription-based journals and publications. Turnitin helps educators and their students quickly make informed evaluations of student work and then move on to the important task of determining what students need in terms of instruction, correction or judicial action.
As an illustration of how widespread the problem of (frequently unwitting) plagiarism is, out of 5402 HSU student papers run through TurnItIn between March 13, 2002 and February 24, 2010, 1570 papers contained 25% or more unoriginal material , and more than 8% had over 75% unoriginal material.
Turnitin has partnered with Educational Testing Service to integrate the ETS® e-rater® grammar analysis tools in GradeMark, the TurnItIn online markup tool.
More information about the product is available on the TurnItIn website.
Instructors can add a TurnItIn assignment to the course in question by adding an activity or resource.
Adding an assignment also enables students to use the software. Once an instructor has established an assignment, students respond by submitting their papers. It can take anywhere from a few minutes to a few hours to receive the original results and you have the option to allow or not allow your students to see the results.
TurnItIn also includes the e-rater grammar tool to deliver automated feedback on grammar, style, mechanics, usage, and spelling. This function should save instructors time while providing them with more effective feedback on the student writing process.
Additional instructor training includes advanced features like discussion boards, reflection and revision assignments, improving writing skills, and encouraging original work.