Detecting Plagiarism

Touro University offers Turnitin, a plagiarism detection system accessed through Canvas. Turnitin helps faculty prevent plagiarism by detecting unoriginal content in students’ written assignments, including the detection of text potentially generated by AI. It is important to understand that Turnitin must be activated before students submit work in a Canvas assignment. Note: Turnitin can only be used for assignments where online submission of file uploads or text entry is required. Though not 100% foolproof, particularly in instances of paraphrase or translation, Turnitin does act as a plagiarism deterrent, and has features designed to help educate students about plagiarism and the importance of proper attribution of any “borrowed” content.

There are many excellent sources of information on plagiarism detection. Examples include:

  1. Teaching Plagiarism Prevention to College Students: An Ethics-Based Approach, Connie Strittmatter and Virginia K. Bratton
  2. Plagiarism in Higher Education: Tackling Tough Topics in Academic Integrity, Sarah Elaine Eaton