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Why Universities Use Turnitin For Checking Plagiarism?

Turnitin is one of the most renowned software, which has been used to check the rate of plagiarism in the paper of the students of various universities and school. It helps the students to find out if they have copied their work, idea or other creative work. Turnitin is a tool that marks the various areas of any work done by the students that have been matching to other sources like E-books, Journals, which is available online, and various websites (Abrahamson & Mann, 2018). Plagiarizing is one of the serious issues among the students and the researcher. However, it helps the students to provide better work that will be free from plagiarism.

It has been seen that the Turnitin report can be confusing for the people who are not able to interpret them. However, there is an organized way of looking at the report that will help the researcher to get the information, which is required. After submitting the report the guide will check the assignment on the Turnitin site where the assignment has been submitted. There will be a link to the following assignments where it can be seen that there are various colors on the similarity icon (Halgamuge, 2017). The color and the percentage is shown in the report represent the percentage of the documents which has been matched with other documents or the sources.

  • Blue (0% similarity)
  • Green means (<25% similarity)
  • Yellow means 25-49% similarity
  • Orange means 50-74% similarity
  • Red means more than 75% similarity

To understand the report it is required to understand a few things:

  • Identifying the similarity index: it can be stated that the Turnitin “ all the papers which have been submitted to the Turnitin are compared with many sources like internet documents various database of the students and journals the percentage which has been mention in the below report is the similarity index.
  • Identifying the sources: it is required to understand the percentage-based breakdown of the sources that the software has been identified.

According to the report above it can be seen that the similarity index is around 100%, which means the essay, which has been the assignment, has been found in the internet sources. Moreover, the source, which constitutes the highest match, is from a student paper that has been submitted to the Laureate Higher Education Group. the paper shows 100% similarity as it has been submitted to the university already.

If the figure is high then it does not mean that the assignment is copied from various sources as the report could be matching the various text which has been used in the paper like

  • The quotations which have been used in the paper which has been referenced
  • The similarity index is high due to the reference list or the bibliography, particularly if some other students in the paper have used the citation, which has been used in the project.
  • The similarity index is high due to the common phrase that has been used to context to the topic (Shang, 2019).

However, it has been seen that there are some of the reports, which show low similarity index, but it does not mean that the plagiarism will be low because the Turnitin software does not allow checking against the new web content from the internet and the various password-protected sites. This means the plagiarism will be high and the software is not able to provide better results.

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Reference:

  • Abrahamson, E., & Mann, J. (2018). For whom is the feedback intended? A student-focused critical analysis of Turnitin software as a tool for learning. Journal of Pedagogical  Research, 2(3), 146-166.
  • Halgamuge, M. N. (2017). The use and analysis of anti?plagiarism software: Turnitin tool for formative assessment and feedback. Computer Applications in Engineering  Education, 25(6), 895-909.
  • Shang, H. F. (2019). An investigation of plagiarism software use and awareness training on     English as a foreign language (EFL) students. Journal of Computing in Higher Education, 31(1), 105-120.