Many of us know and use Turnitin as a plagiarism detection tool. However, instead of using this tool just for catching and punishing students for plagiarizing, it can instead be a great resource for teaching students how to appropriately cite sources and incorporate quotes in academic writing. Many students come to Temple unfamiliar with what constitutes plagiarism. Giving them the opportunity to review their work with Turnitin to check if any parts of their writing are flagged for plagiarism can help them further understand how to apply appropriate writing practices and not be punished due to misunderstandings regarding plagiarism.
Used in conjunction with well-designed assessments and effective communication, Turnitin can be an effective tool to help students learn how to write with academic integrity. Below are a few strategies for using Turnitin as a teaching tool: