TurnItIn FAQ

Turnitin Frequently Asked Questions

What is Plagiarism?

How significant is the problem?

How does Turnitin work?

Are uploaded papers from individuals or from courses confidential?

How long does a check take?

Is there a size/length limitation to uploads?

Can a manuscript written over ten years ago be checked for plagiarized material?

Does Turnitin check against newspaper articles and books to ensure that students have not cut-and-pasted from them?

How do I get started?

 

Can I use TurnItIn with my Pearson LearningStudio dropbox?

 


 

FAQ Answers:

What is Plagiarism?

Plagiarism is the improper use, or failure to attribute, another person's writing or ideas (intellectual property). It can be as subtle as the inadvertent neglect to include quotes or references when citing another source or as blatantly unethical as knowingly copying an entire paper verbatim and claiming it as your own work.

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How significant is the problem?

Very significant. According to a 1998 survey by Who's Who Among American High School Students,four out of five college-bound high school students admit to cheating on schoolwork, and a recent Center for Academic Integrity study reports that 80 percent of college students admit to cheating at least once. Additionally, the latest polls from the Gallup organization indicate respondents consider a crisis in education and a decline in ethics to be the top two problems facing America today.

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How does Turnitin work?

A new technology called document source analysis, which uses a set of powerful algorithms to make a digital "fingerprint" of any text document and then compare it against millions of other sources on the Internet. Turnitin has compiled a massive database of digital material by continually cataloging and indexing online academic works with automated web robots. Online paper mills are a major focus of the searches. A complement to the Internet data-mining capabilities is our archiving function: papers from participating courses and other academic web sites are also indexed and stored in Turnitin's secure, in-house database.

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Are uploaded papers from individuals or from courses confidential?

Yes. The paper will not be released without author or instructor permission.

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How long does a check take?

Once uploaded, test papers are mathematically fingerprinted for content and analyzed against Turnitin's massive database of hundreds of thousands of previously archived papers, as well as against millions of other sources on the Web. Originality reports are usually issued within 48 hours..

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Is there a size/length limitation to uploads?

Turnitin has the capacity to accept approximately 10 MB of text (that's a book length size of digital material).

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Can a manuscript written over ten years ago be checked for plagiarized material?

Since it was written 10 years ago, there is certainly a chance the material it could be copied from is not online. However, as the Internet's content increases exponentially, the likelihood of not detecting a copied source becomes less and less.

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Does Turnitin check against newspaper articles and books to ensure that students have not cut-and-pasted from them?

Yes. The majority of the world's newspapers and periodicals DO reside on the Internet. Manuscripts are checked against these digital sources along with the billions of pages on the Web.
Unfortunately, not all literature resides on the Internet. However, if a book was to be placed somewhere on the Internet, we would be able to detect future instances of its use.

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How do I get started?

http://www.elearning.tcu.edu/turnitinform.asp

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Here is where you can find additional help resources to your questions about Turnitin.
Information used from www.plagiarism.org as well as our testing with Turnitin

 

Can I use TurnItIn with my Pearson LearningStudio dropbox?

Yes, please see our Pearson LearningStudio TurnItIn Dropbox Integration page

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Information used from www.plagiarism.org as well as our testing with Turnitin

 

 


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