INTEGRATION OF TURNITIN PLAGIARISM DETECTION TOOL IN BLACKBOARD/PORTAL
Turnitin.com is an electronic resource that assists in the detection and deterrence of plagiarism. As of September 1, 2013, U of T instructors and students will have direct access to Turnitin through Blackboard/Portal. The plagiarism detection tool in Turnitin is widely used by universities in the United States and Canada, and by over 1 million active instructors across 10,000 educational institutions from 126 countries. Instructors setup “Turnitin Assignments” through their course site in the Learning Portal to which students can then submit their work. Each submitted paper is checked for textual similarity against 24 billion pages on the Internet and 300+ million papers previously submitted to Turnitin (including paper mill essays), as well as 110,000 journals, periodicals, and books. Once analyzed, Originality Reports are generated within minutes for instructors, highlighting questionable areas. The Turnitin Originality Reports can save instructors time in the investigation of the originality of student work and can allow for efficient citation verification. Using this information, as well as any other relevant information, it is then up to the individual instructor to determine if these passages represent plagiarism.
Using Turnitin.com at the University of Toronto
The University of Toronto’s Turnitin license provides all UofT instructors with access to the following:
- direct access to Turnitin through the UofT Learning Portal;
- Originality Reports for all student assignments submitted through Turnitin via the Portal;
- the ability to email one or all students enrolled in your class;
- the ability to allow Teaching Assistants or co-instructors to view student work submitted through “Turnitin Assignments” via the Portal.
For each course available through the Portal, instructors may enable Turnitin for use with their students. NOTE: Instructors must adhere to the University of Toronto’s Conditions of Use (see below) when using Turnitin. Instructors are responsible for reviewing the Conditions of Use prior to using Turnitin in their courses.
CONDITIONS OF USE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO
The use of Turnitin.com by our instructors is completely voluntary. Those wishing to use Turnitin.com in their courses must adhere to the following conditions of use:
Turnitin.com is a tool that will assist in detecting textual similarities between compared works. Instructors must exercise their independent professional judgment in, and assume responsibility for, determining whether a text has been plagiarized or not.
Students must be informed at the start of the course that the instructor will be using Turnitin.com.
The course syllabus must include the following statement:
“Normally, students will be required to submit their course essays to Turnitin.com for a review of textual similarity and detection of possible plagiarism. In doing so, students will allow their essays to be included as source documents in the Turnitin.com reference database, where they will be used solely for the purpose of detecting plagiarism. The terms that apply to the University's use of the Turnitin.com service are described on the Turnitin.com web site”.
Please note: this statement cannot be altered in any way.
- Turnitin.com is most effective when it is used by all students in a particular course; however, if and when students object to its use on principle, a reasonable offline alternative must be offered. There is a wide variety of non-electronic methods that can be used to deter and detect plagiarism; for example, to require that all rough work is handed in with the paper or that the student include an annotated bibliography with the paper. Instructors may wish to consult with the Centre for Teaching Support & Innovation when establishing these alternatives.
As of September 2013, additional information regarding the integration and use of Turnintin via the Portal will be available through the Learning Portal and the Centre for Teaching Support & Innovation website.
Up-to-date information on the integration of the Turnitin plagiarism detection tool in Blackboard/Portal will be available here: www.portalinfo.utoronto.ca/turnitin
Information will be provided on these topics:
About the Turnitin.com Integration
Create a Turnitin Assignment
Review Turnitin Assignment Submissions
Information specifically for students on Submitting a Turnitin Assignment will also be available through the Student page in Portal: www.portalinfo.utoronto.ca/content/information-students