Turnitin is a learning technology tool that can help your students practice academic integrity and save you time by reviewing your students' paperwork. Turnitin is not only for plagiarism detection, it is also a formative learning tool that helps your students build a culture of integrity and academic writing skills.

What is Turnitin?

Turnitin software service is used to support academic integrity by checking the originality of submitted papers against others in the Turnitin.com database. It is a plagiarism detection service that can be integrated with Canvas. It allows instructors and students to view a Similarity Report (Similarity Reports provide a summary of matching or highly similar text found in a submitted paper.) of written work or other homework assignments. The system is designed to facilitate feedback between instructors and students on written work.

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Why use Turnitin?

It will help your students to practice academic integrity. Turnitin is a learning technology tool that can help students meet the academic integrity needs and learn how to properly reference and cite in scholarly work. (This faculty guide was developed by combining several guides from Turnitin - they are CC-BY-NC licensed).

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Plagiarism detection and a culture of integrity
Turnitin is designed to help instructors and students develop a better understanding of plagiarism in the information era.  It also teaches students how to plan, organize, and use citation skills essential for producing quality writing and research.

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Formative Learning (a Teaching Tool)
The reports show results within the student's assignment; clear and actionable data points are provided in every student’s submission. Turnitin helps students learn how to cite appropriately and write higher-quality academic papers; it is a tool for helping students learn academic writing skills.

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A time-saving tool
Turnitin flags similarities with other work in their database; it helps instructors by pre-reviewing the student assignments in their database so that instructors don’t need to worry about trying to detect if a student has plagiarized. The Similarity Report saves instructors time on grading their students’ assignments. Save time grading and get a clear picture of how your students are doing.

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