Marshall University defines plagiarism as a form of academic dishonesty. Plagiarism and its consequences is defined in theMarshall University Student Handbook.

Turnitin is a plagiarism detection service as well as an online resource for faculty and students. Turnitin scans submitted students papers for similarity to material that may have been copied from the web, academic journals, and essays and assignments previously submitted to the Turnitin database. The scan produces an “originality report” for course instructors to review.

Turnitin uses a sophisticated method to detect an identical string of words as short as eight words. However, detection of these strings does not mean the work is plagiarized; these strings might be appropriately referenced or cited. The final decision as to whether plagiarism has occurred or not is made by the instructor.

All submitted papers become source documents in the Turnitin.com database and are used solely for the purpose of detecting plagiarism in papers submitted in the future. Use of the Turnitin.com service is subject to the terms of use agreement posted on the Turnitin.com site.

Turnitin.com is very easy to use and will save you many hours of time you would otherwise use to check the originality of student papers. You will first need to set up an account. For account setup information, please contact Sabrina Thomas.

If you are new to Turnitin, you can also take a quick look:
(1) go to Turnitin.com
(2) click New to Turnitin?
(3) click sample.

Please make a note in your syllabus that you are using turnitin.com. Here is an example:

“In this course, students will submit papers to me through this Vista course and also to Turnitin.com. This a a plagiarism-detection service which is designed to protect everyone’s original work. Students agree that by taking this course their required assignments must also be submitted to Turnitin.com for review.”

Also include instructions for your students on how to submit papers to turnitin.com (for example….)

Go to this site: www.turnitin.com

  • set up a student user profile
  • enter the classID (xxxxxxx) and enrollment password (xxxxx)
  • enter your email address
  • enter a password
  • enter your personal info
  • agree to the terms of the site

Once you have set up your profile you will see that it is very easy to submit an assignment.