What is Turnitin?
It is a “text-matching software” used for submitting assignments and research papers that can be used to detect plagiarism by showing matching sections within the submitted paper. It is then up to the instructor, not Turnitin, to decide whether plagiarism has occurred or not.
Why do we use Turnitin?
BUE is trying to increase the awareness of academic honesty by teaching students to learn about and avoid plagiarism, how to give credit to resources of information and to improve their writing skills; besides assissting instructors in checking students’ works for improper citation or internet plagiarism.
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#Should an instructor depend on Turnitin for grading papers?
Turnitin looks for text similarity and doesn’t grade papers, this remains an academic judgment to check the assignment, examine the originality report to understand what a student did and then decide whether or not there is a problem.
#Has Turnitin included every source: books, web pages, publications unpublished works, etc…?’
Turnitin has a huge database consists of: 200 million archived student papers, 17 billion web pages crawled, 90,000 journals, periodicals & books. Some sources are not included especially if they were only available in print.
#Is it possible to delete submitted papers from Turnitin database?
Each submitted paper becomes part of Turnitin database but it is optional to the instructor to keep submitted papers to the standard paper repository or no repository. Student papers may be removed only by the instructor through contacting Turnitin administrator Ms Wesam El Abd
#Does Turnitin protect submitted papers?
Submitted papers are kept secured. No one can search within the students’ database.
#Does Turnitin allow instructors to see source text from a matching student paper within the originality report?
Turnitin shows the instructor source texts from matching student papers as long as they were submitted by the same institution only.
Authorised by: University Librarian
Maintained by: Wessam El Abd
Created on: 03 January 2012
Last updated: 30 March 2016