Turnitin - Students
Turnitin is a web-based tool that supports students in the development of good academic practice when preparing written work for assessment. This text-matching tool allows academic staff to check students' work for improper use of sources or potential plagiarism by comparing it against continuously up-dated databases (including web-pages and student work). Turnitin produces an 'Originality Report' for each submitted piece of work which indicates all the matches in the student assignment to the web-based sources on its database, and thus can provide academic staff with the opportunity to help students develop proper citation methods as well as to safeguard students' academic integrity.
Although Turnitin does not officially support the iOS and Apple iPad, most features do already work. Since the Turnitin system is a web-based application, and the Internet Browser on the iPad is not a full-browser, not all the features within Turnitin will work on the iPad. For example, you can access Turnitin from Moodle and open up the Document Viewer. Within the Document Viewer, you can see the Originality Report as well as the GradeMark view of the paper.
Users will not be able to use the file upload option when submitting a paper to an assignment. The iPad does not have a file system to browse and locate the file that needs to be uploaded. When going through the file upload process, the browse button is not active. There is the option to use the cut and paste function, but the document that is being copied from will need to be saved on the iPad within the Word Processing program that was used to create it.
The issue of using Turnitin on the iPad and iOS devices is actively being worked on by Turnitin's Product Managers and Engineers, but there is no date as to when a Turnitin App will be made available to users. It will likely be released by the end of Summer 2013.
Where to get help
For help with interpreting originality reports students should contact their subject tutor. For help with referencing and citing, students should contact the
Library or Upgrade
Library resources on avoiding plagiarism, including PLATO online tutorial on understanding and avoiding plagiarism
University policy on Turnitin (in section E of University Regulations)
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