Turnitin UK:
Electronic Plagiarism Detection
By
Catherine Ogilvie
Department for the Enhancement of Teaching,
Learning and Assessment (DELTA)
What is plagiarism?
plagiarize or plagiarise verb
(plagiarized, plagiarizing) tr & intr to
copy (ideas, passages of text, etc)
from someone else's work and use
them as if they were one's own.
CHAMBERS HARRAP PUBLISHER LTD, 2005. Chambers
reference online. [online] Edinburgh: Chambers Harrap
Publishers Ltd. Available from:
http://www.chambersharrap.co.uk/chambers/chref/chref.py/main?q
uery=plagiarise&title=21st [Accessed 19 September 2005]
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Turnitin UK:
Electronic Plagiarism Detection
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Electronic comparison on student’s work
against electronic sources
Over 80% of UK universities
 Database of previously submitted work
 Internet sources, books, newspapers and
journals
 8 billion web pages
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Web-based system
 Cannot solve plagiarism
 Produces an ‘Originality Report’
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What does the system
compare against?
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Database of previously submitted material
Over 8 billion web sites
Essays from cheat sites
Several databases including GALE
InfoTrac, OneFile database
(http://www.gale.com/onefile )
Emerald Publishing Data and the
Gutenburg Collection of Literary Works
Why are we using it?
Self diagnostic tool
 Avoid inadvertent plagiarism
 Raise awareness of plagiarism
 Trying to prevent the occurrence of
plagiarism (as opposed to detecting)
 Take corrective action where
necessary
 A tool for the students own benefit
 Queries or concerns contact your tutor
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The Tutors
Create an account
 Log onto the service
 Create a ‘class’
 Create an assignment
 Check submissions electronically
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The Students
Create an account
 Log onto the service
 Join the class (set up by the tutor)
 Upload the relevant documentation to
the assignment area
 Receive a digital receipt
 View the originality report
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Originality report
Produced in a few minutes (though
may take up to 24 hrs)
 Colour coded and/or numbered to
indicate any matching text
 Ability to exclude
quotations/bibliography
 Demonstration
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Demonstration
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http://www.submit.ac.uk
Review
Raising awareness
 Tutors register details online
 Students register details online
 Tutors then create ‘classes’
 Assignments are attached to ‘classes’
 Students then submit assignment
online
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Additional Information
Enrol in more than one class
 To be used as a diagnostic tool
 If any problems contact your course
tutor
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Additional Information
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Virtual Campus
My Modules,
Plagiarism Detection Service,
Released Topics
Plagiarism Leaflet
Collusion Video
Instructors & Students Guides
FAQs
JISC Plagiarism Detection Service
(http://www.jiscpas.ac.uk)
Turnitin Plagiarism Detection Training
Videos
(http://www.jiscpas.ac.uk/pdsguides_video.p
hp)
Jude Carroll’s Good Practice Guide
www.submit.ac.uk/newuser_type.asp
Demonstration
Demonstration
References
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Rowell, G. An introduction to TurnitinUK® plagiarism
detection software. [online] JISCPAS. Available from:
http://www.jiscpas.ac.uk/plagiarismvideos.php [Accessed
Sept 2007]
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