Turnitin: Most Reliable Way to Detect and Avoid Plagiarism

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    Plagiarism, the most prominent form of an academic misconduct, is a serious threat to collegiate integrity. It has been present in the academia for a very long time and is a concern for every educational institution. Its presence can be easily observed in every field, whether physically – assignments, essays, etc., or virtually – source codes, scientific paper, and more. Students always try to indulge in copying their homework from any source which they find relevant. And, we have already discussed the reasons for this behaviour in our previous blogs. Yet, unless they completely understand the importance of academic honesty, plagiarism will continue to stay in academia.

    It is difficult to erase the presence of plagiarism from the roots, but it is possible to detect and avoid its usage by the individuals. It can be done either manually or by using a computer software. Manual detection takes a lot of time, effort, and requires excellent subject knowledge. It becomes almost impossible when just too many documents are needed to be analysed together. Nowadays, every check-up of academic documents is done by using computer software. And, one of the most reliable and convenient plagiarism detection software is, Turnitin.

    Turnitin is a commercial software that is used by universities and colleges all over the world. With its help, they can detect similarities in documents submitted by the students such as an essay and, thesis. Since these two write-ups are lengthy and require a lot of detailed check-ups, they have to be analysed using Turnitin. To check the similarity, you have to generate a Similarity Report, which can take up to a full day. You can then see a detailed analysis of your submission. What percentage of similarity is there and which sources are similar to your submission, the answers to these kinds of questions can be easily found in the report.

    What is a Similarity Report and How do you interpret it?

    Unlike the various plagiarism checking tools that are available on the internet, Turnitin works on a different motive. While the tools show how much your document is plagiarised, the reports from Turnitin show the similarity of your work with millions of documents in its database. This may seem to be the same for many, but actually, they are very different from each other. A major component of this text-matching service is called a Similarity report. Here, you can see the comparison of your document with thousands of other already submitted write-ups in Turnitin’s database. It has an extensive collection of academic documents in its database, which consists of billions of paper works, internet pages, articles and submitted write-ups. You can view and download your similarity report when an icon appears on the Similarity Report column. It will take up to 24 hours for Turnitin to generate your report. And, for a resubmission, it is going to take a full 24 hours or even more. It utilises different colours to indicate the extent of the similarity of the scanned paper. This is denoted in percentage and ranges between 0% to 100%.

      1. Blue: the indication of a pure and original content
      2. Green: the presence of one word to 24% identical text
      3. Yellow: the presence of 25% to 49% identical text
      4. Orange: 50% to 74% identical text
      5. Red: not worth submission, re-writing recommended

    Viewing your Originality Reports

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    To suit needs and specifications, Turnitin allows the user to view their reports in four modes.

    1. Match overview: Here, you can view those areas or sections of your paper which are identical to the information present in Turnitin’s database. With the help of colour coding, the reports show a list of highest to the lowest percentage of text similarity to the submission. Only the best matches will be shown in Match Overview.
    2. All sources: This mode instead of showing just the top or best matches, enables you to view the complete list of matches found.
    3. Match Breakdown: You can view the comparison between the match instance of the top source with the match instance of a submitted document.
    4. Direct Source Comparison: A side-by-side comparison of the match instances of your submission with a specific match from the Turnitin database.

    Benefits of Turnitin Feedback Studio for teachers

    Feedback Studio is a great way of viewing your document’s originality along with the grading and instant feedback. The user interface has recently received a few changes that have made it even more convenient to use. Intended for use only by the teachers, it provides a number of benefits to them:

    1. Helps in getting original insights: Teachers can view high-quality insights about their student’s work. It allows them to show where the student has committed a mistake, for e.g., improper use of citation or quotation marks. And, guide them to correct these mistakes.
    2. Enables faster feedback: The Feedback Studio has a special feature which allows for instant feedback. Teachers can use pre-defined comments that can simply be dragged-and-dropped on the screen. One can also create custom feedback comments and use them along with the pre-defined set.
    3. Accelerate assessment: With the help of the studio, teachers can divide their student’s work into sections and show how each section can affect their grades. Together, they can work on the student’s weak sections and help in improving their overall grades.

    Turnitin is one of the most convenient text-similarity tools that is used by almost every educational institution around the world. It requires you to purchase a license and use all the features without any hassle. With the help of a Turnitin report, students can claim the authenticity of their work and get high-grades by using these reports as a proof of their originality.