Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University (SOUTH AFRICA)
About this paper:
Appears in: EDULEARN19 Proceedings
Publication year: 2019
Pages: 585-588
ISBN: 978-84-09-12031-4
ISSN: 2340-1117
doi: 10.21125/edulearn.2019.0211
Conference name: 11th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies
Dates: 1-3 July, 2019
Location: Palma, Spain
Plagiarism is a major problem for innovation, especially in academic writing. It is considered a form of stealing work developed by innovators when impostors pretend to be innovators. This raises a number of questions. Is it stealing? Stealing what? Yes, taking someone’s academic writing and ideas and pretending that you are the originator of it is stealing ideas. This paper presents a critical analysis of the use of Turnitin software in assisting in the detection of plagiarism. Turnitin, a proprietary Internet-based plagiarism detection system, is one of the tools designed to ease plagiarism detection. It provides a fast way of electronically checking documents and encourages correct citation of other literature sources. Often academics focus on the similarity index without holistically analysing the contents on the Turnitin report. A number of questions require interrogation regarding what is acceptable and not, self- plagiarism, the similarity indices which maybe applicable to levels of studies such as undergraduate, masters and doctoral levels. The paper also seeks to instill a common understanding of the use of plagiarism software and finding benchmarks, which can be used to assist the SMU academic community. It also discusses the limitations/weaknesses of Turnitin.
Turnitin, plagiarism, plagiarism software, contract cheating, copyright, databases/ repositories.