Encouraging Academic Integrity, Discouraging Plagiarism

Scripps College has a site license for TurnItIn’s plagiarism prevention services. Faculty can use these services immediately, without charge. Turnitin’s goal is to “help educators and students maximize the Internet’s educational potential by making it a safe place for research and learning.”

Turnitin’s originality checking service compares submitted papers to Internet content and their own proprietary databases and compiles customized “Originality Reports” for instructors.

Turnitin provides extensive online research and pedagogy resources to help instructors encourage academic integrity. They also provide a variety of online tools to help faculty and students use Turnitin.

Turnitin’s service also includes a Peer Review feature that allows students to “anonymously critique and evaluate each other’s work,” as well as a tool for online grading, GradeMark.

Prevention vs. Detection

Using Turnitin’s service acts as deterrent to electronic plagiarism when student know that their papers will be evaluated for originality. Assuring that students understand what constitutes plagiarism and how to properly cite references is critical to encouraging academic integrity.

If you plan to use Turnitin with your classes, please take advantage of the service’s deterrent value by:

  1. letting your students know that their papers will be analyzed for plagiarism. You can indicate this on your syllabus or course web site, in assignment handouts, or during class meetings.
  2. encouraging students to review Turnitin’s plagiarism prevention online resources.

Getting started — directions for new Scripps faculty Turnitin users

  1. Go to turnitin.com
  2. Click the “new user” button at the top-right of the page.
  3. Provide Scripps account ID and join password; contact IT at extension 73406 if you do not already have it.
  4. Follow the online directions to create your User Profile.
    New users may want to use the “Class Setup Wizard” if you have an assignment ready for Turnitin.
  5. For each class, note the class ID # and password to share with students.

Manuals for Turnitin’s plagiarism prevention service can be found here.

How to submit individual student papers for review

From Turnitin, here are the steps to turn on Quick Submit and check a single paper: First log in at Turnitin.Com

Privacy and Intellectual Property Issues

Documents archived by Turnitin will include any personally identifying information contained in the original paper. If a subsequent submission to Turnitin matches another student’s work, the instructor who finds the match will also see the original student’s personal information. Therefore, students should not include personally identifying data in their documents, and faculty should remove this type of data when submitting a single paper for analysis.

Turnitin retains copies of all submitted papers in its database for future comparisons. Turnitin maintains that these copies are not searchable or accessible outside of Turnitin’s own purposes, so there should be no compromise of student’s rights to their own original materials.

There is a HELP button on each instructor’s user account page. For Turnitin technical support, call (510) 287-9720, extension 241.