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Information About Plagiarism and TurnItIn

Instructors who want to use TurnItIn:
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essential information about using TurnItIn and D2L - the MSU TurnItIn Support and Documentation Resources

Plagiarism - What is it?

"Plagiarism, believe it or not, comes from a Latin verb that means, “to kidnap.” If you plagiarize you’re kidnapping and stealing others’ hard work and intellectual property. It is academic and public dishonesty. You wouldn’t want someone stealing your hard work, intentionally or even unintentionally, would you? Of course not."
(From http://www.wadsworth.com/english_d/special_features/plagiarism/definition.html)

According to the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary (by way of plagiarism.org), to "plagiarize" means

  • to steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one's own
  • to use (another's production) without crediting the source
  • to commit literary theft
  • to present as new and original an idea or product derived from an existing source.

In other words, plagiarism is an act of fraud. It involves both stealing someone else's work and lying about it afterward.

Turnitin helps instructors check students' work for improper citation or potential plagiarism by comparing it against the world's most accurate text comparison database.
Check out this recent review of 35 studies of the effectiveness of TurnItIn in reducing plagiarism and improving academic integrity in the classroom:
http://pages.turnitin.com/rs/iparadigms/images/Turnitin_Independent_Literature_Review_hires.pdf .
TurnItIn has also created a good starter resource about the "Plagiarism Spectrum" - the various ways and extents to which writers may incorporate others' materials, which includes some basic examples:
http://pages.turnitin.com/rs/iparadigms/images/Turnitin_WhitePaper_PlagiarismSpectrum.pdf .

A note to students about the use of TurnItIn at Montana State University

Montana State University has a license agreement with Turnitin, a web-based service that verifies the originality of student work by comparing a submitted paper to information available on the internet, databases of journal articles, and millions of student papers previously submitted to Turnitin. In some of your courses, you may be asked to submit some or all of your work to Turnitin. All materials submitted to Turnitin will be retained by Turnitin in its database to be used solely for the purpose of verifying the originality of papers subsequently submitted to Turnitin.

If you do not wish a paper submitted to Turnitin to be identifiable as yours, please work with your instructor to ensure that all personal information (e.g. name, GID, SSN) is removed from the paper before it is submitted to Turnitin.

Plagiarism (or rather, how to avoid it) Resources

Start with http://www.plagiarism.org
and check out http://www.wadsworth.com/english_d/special_features/plagiarism/WPAplagiarism.pdf)

MSU TurnItIn Support and Documentation Resources

Links to FREQUENTLY USED TUTORIALS AND DOCUMENTATION
Note:
Instructors should already be familiar with the basic D2L dropbox functions before considering using Turnitin Originality Checking.
(To learn more about the D2L Dropbox see General instructor help )

Instructor Documentation and Training Materials:

The Essentials are "in the box"! (the following links will allow you to get started with using TurnItIn with the D2L dropbox):
  • It is recommended that instructors who use TurnItIn include the following disclosure statement in their syllabus:
    Montana State University has a license agreement with Turnitin, a web-based service that verifies the originality of student work by comparing a submitted paper to information available on the internet, databases of journal articles, and millions of student papers previously submitted to Turnitin. In this course, you will be asked to submit some or all of your work to Turnitin. All materials submitted to Turnitin will be retained by Turnitin in its database to be used solely for the purpose of verifying the originality of papers subsequently submitted to Turnitin.
    If you do not wish a paper submitted to Turnitin to be identifiable as yours, please work with the instructor to ensure that all personal information (e.g. name, GID, SSN) is removed from the paper before it is submitted to Turnitin.


  • Learn more with these additional resources:
    (Note that MSU Faculty and Students do NOT have to follow the SET UP and COURSE MANAGEMENT steps -
    those functions and others will be handled through integration with Desire2Learn)

Student Guides:

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GENERAL COMMUNITY SUPPORT AND DOCS from TurnItIn:
http://community.turnitin.com/
Product Walk-through Training
http://community.turnitin.com/?dailytraining
Tues-Weds-Thurs online meetings twice daily
Turnitin Academy Live  (Plagiarism in general)
http://community.turnitin.com/?academy, examples:
On-Demand Sessions
Originality, Plagiarism and The Web, etc.
Archived Sessions
Teaching the Writing Process with Turnitin, etc.

 

Where do I go for more information?

Instructors seeking information about TurnItIn on the MSU campus should contact Ritchie Boyd (jrboyd@montana.edu or 994-4660) .
Students should start at the TurnItIn Support Help Center, and then try the MSU help desk (x1777)
.



Archival links to ALL TUTORIALS AND DOCUMENTATION:

Instructor Documentation and Training Materials
Using TurnItIn Plagiarism Detection and GradeMark with D2L (courtesy of MSUGF COT)
http://distance.msugf.edu/FacultyResources/TNTC4/TurnItIn.pdf

D2L Dropbox - Instructor User Guide:

(Appendices include information about Turnitin plagiarism detection)
http://pages.turnitin.com/rs/iparadigms/images/Dropbox_User_Guide_8.3_to_8.4.x.pdf

(Note that in the following documentation from TurnItIn, you do not have to follow the SET UP and COURSE MANAGEMENT steps - those are handled in D2L)
Getting Started
http://turnitin.com/en_us/training/getting-started
General Info
http://turnitin.com/en_us/training/instructor-training: Includes tutorials and resources
Manual,  Quickstart: Near bottom of page:  http://turnitin.com/en_us/training/instructor-training/instructor-quickstart-guide , http://turnitin.com/en_us/training/instructor-training/instructor-user-manual

Student Guides:
D2L Dropbox - Student QuickStart guide:
(How to access the D2L dropbox and submit assignments)
http://pages.turnitin.com/rs/iparadigms/images/Dropbox_Quick_Start_8.3_to_8.4.x.pdf

(Note that in the following documentation from TurnItIn, you do not have to follow the SET UP and COURSE MANAGEMENT steps - those are handled in D2L)
General Info
http://turnitin.com/en_us/training/student-training
Also has quickstart and manual

GENERAL SUPPORT: Help Center popular articles:
http://turnitin.com/en_us/support/help-center/general-articles


TII ADMINISTRATIVE AND INTEGRATION DOCS
Administrator training

http://turnitin.com/en_us/training/administrator-training
Also has quickstart and manual

D2L INTEGRATION AND USER DOCS
D2L integration and use - support docs, FAQ page:

http://turnitin.com/en_us/support/integrations/desire2learn
D2L Integration manual for admins:
http://pages.turnitin.com/rs/iparadigms/images/D2L_Integration_Manual.pdf


(Revised January 2013)


Where do I go for more information?

Instructors seeking information about TurnItIn on the MSU campus should contact Ritchie Boyd (jrboyd@montana.edu or 994-4660) .
Students should start at the TurnItIn Support Help Center, and then try the MSU help desk (x1777)
.