Using Turnitin.com at IUB
Promoting Proper Citation of Sources
How can I help my students build citation skills?
Improve recognition by providing examples and practice in proper citation of
State which citation style you prefer and provide examples of proper source
citation, improper citation.
Hold students accountable by grading for proper citation of sources.
Help students learn why proper citation of sources (including images) is important
in the academic experience.
Promoting Academic Integrity, Deterring Misconduct
What steps can I take to minimize opportunities for plagiarism in my classes?
Help students recognize plagiarism and forms of academic misconduct.
Reward originality and proper citation.
Design assignments to be very specific to course content, to relate ideas,
to apply knowledge, to require drafts, etc.
How can I prepare students for my expectations regarding academic citation?
State your and your department’s policy in your syllabus.
Make a contract with students.
Quote the relevant passage from the Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct:
Plagiarism is defined as presenting someone else's work, including the
work of other students, as one's own. Any ideas or materials taken from
another source for either written or oral use must be fully
acknowledged, unless the information is common knowledge. What is
considered “common knowledge” may differ from course to course.
student must not adopt or reproduce ideas, opinions, theories,
formulas, graphics, or pictures of another person without
- A student must give credit to the originality of others and acknowledge indebtedness whenever:
- Directly quoting another person's actual words, whether oral or written;
- Using another person's ideas, opinions, or theories;
- Paraphrasing the words, ideas, opinions, or theories of others, whether oral or written;
- Borrowing facts, statistics, or illustrative material; or
- Offering materials assembled or collected by others in the form of projects or collections without acknowledgment.
- IU Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct, "Part II Section
3, Plagiarism," 2005.
What steps do I take to penalize poor citation?
Use grading rubric that addresses
proper citation as a requirement for completion of assignment.
Grade down for failure to comply with assignment requirements.
How can I manage matters of academic honesty in group assignments? Web-based
In group assignments, be excruciatingly specific about what you expect in terms
of the completed assignment; require students to take responsibility for their
part of the assignment; assign students to check the others’ sources;
assign students to reflect on their group project.
In web-based assignments, require students to cite sources for material they
acquire online, including images.
If you provide templates, make sure you include citations in your templates.
How can I check student assignments against other students’ current
and prior assignments for similarities?
There is currently no clear solution.
How can students check their own work for similarities to others?
Submit assignments to search engine or to online plagiarism detection service.
Where can I look (i.e. websites etc) to find text sources I suspect my students
misquoted or did not properly cite in their papers?
Google www.google.com (Google limits to 10 words)
IUB Library full-text journals
How do I compare text from one student’s assignment to another?
Submit to turnitin.com.
Use Find function of BBEdit or other text-editing software.
How do I best use an online service as a deterrent?
Inform students you will randomly submit assignment samples.
Require students to submit their assignments.
Whom do I contact to use an online anti-plagiarism service?
Contact TLTC staff members Madeleine Gonin or Kate Ellis at 855-7829.
Managing Suspected Cases of Academic Misconduct
What should I do if I suspect students have submitted work that
is not their own?
Use search engines to match text strings.
Use online detection service to match text.
Meet with students, department chair, course coordinator, Directory of
Undergraduate Studies, Dean of Students Office to express your concerns.
Follow and enforce your required policy and procedures on academic misconduct.
How can I avoid spending so much time on issues of academic integrity?
Act to prevent academic misconduct.
What are my colleagues doing about academic integrity?
The Plagiarism Prevention Showcase discussed what other faculty have done to prevent plagiarism. View their discussion here.
What resources are available to help?
IULIB citation format on website http://www.indiana.edu/~libugls/Publications/handouts.html
"Understanding Plagiarism" - Ted Frick, School of Education, IUB (helps
students gauge their understanding of proper citation) http://education.indiana.edu/~frick/plagiarism/index2.html
String matching to check similarities
Google.com (up to 10 words)
Turnitin.com and other services
BBEdit or other text-editing software
Writing Tutorial Services online resources and course specific workshops.
Campus Writing Program information on Discouraging Plagiarism
TLTC online resources on Plagiarism Detection, Prevention, and Technologies
IUB Campus Resources
Office of the Dean of Students
Campus Instructional Consulting
Campus Writing Program
Teaching and Learning Technologies Centers
Writing Tutorial Services
Send a message to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Call: Teaching & Learning Technologies Centers, 855-7829, ask for Madeleine Gonin or Kate Ellis