Plagiarism is a big problem faced by schools and colleges since Internet gives students the possibility to search and copy information with just one click.
According to 14 thousand surveys performed by Donal McCabe, co-founder of the International Center for Academic Integrity at Clemson University, around 66 percent of students accepted cheating on tests and homework.
Verifying that students’ work is original is an extended and exhausting process for professors. However, tools like Turnitin allow professors to control a possible plagiarism of their students.
The files uploaded to Turnitin are compared with its database that is composed by millions of websites, magazines, and books to which this platform access, thanks to the agreements with their publisher houses, besides an immense database of original files.
Another interesting aspect is that Turnitin is a digital platform and does not require software installation, so it is possible to access –through the Internet– from almost anywhere and any computer with a username and password.
The use of this tool has shown that it improves students’ academic performance by inciting them to produce original content as well as warranting the integrity of academic institutions, their mission and the objectives for increasing their students’ learning level.
Graduate degree areas also can benefit from this platform. And master’s degree and doctoral degree students can have a high quality thesis.
The objective of Turnitin is not punishing or pointing at university students who use complete paragraphs or texts of other person, but making professors to promote honest and legal use of information.
The Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon, through the Department of Information Technology, is offering professors and graduate studies schools associate deans this tool, which will join NEXUS Teaching-Learning Platform. You can call Institutional Technology Support Center (extension 4343).