• Wikipedia Use Among Teachers

    Click to get the interactive SEER PDFIt turns out that teachers use Wikipedia much more often than U.S. adult internet users at large (87% vs. 53%), according to a Pew Research Center study, "How Teachers Are Using Technology at Home and in Their Classrooms" released on February 28, 2013.

    "Wikipedia is really an encyclopedia that presents information from consensus," says Renee Bangerter, professor of English at Saddleback College in a Turnitin webcast entitled What's Wrong with Wikipedia. She goes on to say, "But it is what it is, a general encyclopedia, and in academic writing we really want students to be moving towards primary or secondary sources."

    Teachers have been known to often discourage students from using Wikipedia because of concerns about the accuracy of user-generated, crowd-sourced content. Despite this, students still commonly make Wikipedia their first stop when starting their online research. If students are to use Wikipedia, they should use it to familiarize themselves with a quick summary of a topic before moving on to other more credible sources.

    Turnitin recently made available The Source Educational Evaluation Rubric (SEER), as a free interactive PDF that you can use to score any website you want. You can use it to evaluate student sources, or better yet, have your students use it to self-evaluate the sources they use.

  • What's Wrong with Wikipedia?

    20130227 evaluating sources

    Educators are well aware of the shortcomings of relying on crowd-sourced content for authoritative information, yet the fact that Wikipedia continues to reign supreme as a top match in Turnitin suggests that students don't see things the same way. In short, what constitutes "research" for students today has come to mean "Googling."

    Evaluating Sources WebcastThis on-demand webcast explores the connection between student source choices and the development of research and critical thinking skills. We'll also discuss the development of the Turnitin website evaluation rubric to help students enhance their competencies in evaluating online sources.

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    Sources White PaperThis white paper highlights the recent findings regarding student research practices, presents SEER, and offers guidance on using the rubric to improve student research skills.

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  • Turnitin Licensed Across All Nigerian Universities

    20130228 cvclogoAs part of a national project involving all universities in Nigeria, the Committee of Vice-Chancellors of Nigerian Universities has licensed Turnitin for use by students and faculty at all 115 universities in Nigeria effective 1st May 2013.

    Turnitin will be running four training sessions in March aimed at those in charge of rolling out Turnitin across the institution, as well as training instructors within the institution on how to use it.:

    Committee of Vice Chancellors (CVC) Headquarters, Abuja
    Dates: 5th & 6th March 2013
    Time: 09:00 to 15:00

    University of Lagos, Centre for Information Technology Services, Lagos
    Dates: 7th & 8th March 2013
    Time: 09:00 to 15:00

    Reserve your spot today as seating is limited.

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  • Best Practice: Multiple Submissions

    Multiple SubmissionsAllowing students to submit each draft multiple times before the due date helps them foster the development of their own writing.

    Create an incentive to start and submit work early. Students who turn in their work early will have a chance to look at their OriginalityCheck feedback to see if they've adequately integrated their sources and then make changes as appropriate before resubmitting by the due date. There is a 24-hour waiting period before the next report will be processed to prevent devious students from resubmitting their assignments too often to prevent them from trying to iteratively bring down their similarity score.

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  • Sources in Student Writing #Infographic

    What do students’ sources suggest about their approach to online research?

    Turnitin's annual study examines the sources students use in their written work and the implications of their choices. This study was conducted for both Higher Ed and Secondary Education.

    Higher Ed - Sources in Student Writing spacer Secondary Ed - Sources in Student Writing

    The higher ed study and infographic is based on an analysis of over 112 million content matches from more than 28 million student papers submitted to Turnitin between July 2011 and June 2012. Included are recommendations for educators on how to improve student research and citation skills.


    The secondary education study and infographic is based on an analysis of over 44 million content matches from more than 9 million student papers submitted to Turnitin between July 2011 and June 2012. Included are recommendations for educators on how to improve student research and citation skills.

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  • 80 Million Student Papers

    Over 80 million student papers were submitted to Turnitin worldwide in 2012. But how much is 80 million papers anyway? The average length of each paper submission is three pages, which is 240 million sheets of paper. So to help put things in perspective, here's how things stack up:

    Over 80 million student papers were submitted to Turnitin in 2012... Enough to save 3,000 trees if we went paperless.

    Over 80 million student papers were submitted to Turnitin in 2012... Enough to save 3,000 trees if we went paperless.

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  • 2012 Release Highlights

    Common Core Rubrics

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    Preloaded writing rubrics aligned with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are now available to U.S. GradeMark users in K-12 schools and community colleges. Instructors can attach a rubric to any assignment to better convey their expectations to students, grade submitted work against the CCSS, provide critical feedback to support student success, and track student progress. The six rubrics were developed in conjunction with the English Professional Learning Council and include informative, argumentative, and narrative rubrics for grades 9/10 and 11/12.

    Common Core Rubrics

    Voice Comment

    Add a Voice Comment (Beta)

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    The ability for an instructor to leave a personal voice comment is a powerful tool for providing feedback to a student. With just a few clicks, instructors can quickly record a detailed message of up to 3 minutes in length and attach it to a paper. This new GradeMark feature is especially useful in disciplines with written assignments that are graded primarily on content vs. writing skills, such as science lab reports. Additionally, those who teach ELL students can more fully explain their feedback in more understandable terms.


    Students hear the content of the message, and, more importantly, the context of the feedback and tone of the instructor's voice.

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  • How Santa Grades Millions of Letters

    Happy HolidaysEvery December, millions of children around the world write letters to Santa, explaining how they've been good boys and girls and letting him know what they want to see under their trees come December 25th.

    Over the years, the number of kids sending him letters skyrocket. His mailbox was flooded and he found himself buried in letters, unable to respond to all of them.

    One day, a little elf told Santa about Turnitin—how he could use it to accept submissions from the children, check the letters for originality, give immediate feedback, and even use rubrics to help determine if they've been naughty or nice. So he gave it a shot.

    Watch How Santa Grades Millions of Letters with Turnitin on Vimeo or on YouTube

    Share this video with your colleagues, especially the ones that look like they've been in an avalanche of essays.

    Happy Holidays from Turnitin.

  • Introducing the New

    Plagiarism.orgOur team has recently re-launched, an educational and informative resource on plagiarism and best practices for ensuring originality in written work.

    This site, geared toward students and writers in general, offers a wealth of information specifically about plagiarism, as well as information on how to properly attribute and cite sources. On, you'll also find an "Ask the Experts" feature, FAQs, and a resource section with downloadable handouts for students.

    Visit and share this resource with your students.

  • Tackling Plagiarism in Online Courses

    US News and World ReportKeeping students honest in and outside of class time is a challenge for most educators. Add in the movement toward online classes, and the challenge is only compounded. A recent story in U.S. News and World Report discusses the variety of ways that educators are dealing with academic dishonesty and plagiarism.

    "In every single class, we have information on what plagiarism is, and a major piece is that we hold our students accountable if they're caught," says Diane Johnson, assistant director of faculty services at St. Leo University in Florida. She goes on to say that students have been disciplined in the past for copying others' work. "If you hear that one of your classmates has been reported for plagiarism, it gives you an impetus to not do it too."

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