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Academic Integrity: Turnitin

What is Turnitin?

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Turnitin (http://www.turnitin.com/) is a plagiarism prevention tool that compares documents (including class assignments, manuscripts, and texts, etc.) against millions of published works available through the Internet and databases.

Objectives

1. Promote creation of original and innovative products
2. Reduce plagiarism rates at an institutional level
3. Facilitate best practices of information management and academic communication

Who can apply for a Turnitin account?

- Faculty

- Instructors

- Teaching Assistants

How can I use Turnitin?

Turnitin is able to evaluate any academic work produced inside the classroom, as long as it is less than 100 pages. For thesis, dissertations, proposals, and articles for publication, please read the section on Ithenticate.

Faculty, Instructors, Teaching Assistants

  • In the syllabus, it is required to notify the use of Turnitin as an assessment tool and discuss the percentages of originality in each project.
  • The use of this tool as a punitive method is not recommended, but rather as a support to improve academic research and writing skills.
  • The tool is available in eCourses. You can also use it, once you have created an account, online (turnitin.com).
  • If you wish to make an account, please complete the following survey. Make sure to fill out all the required sections.

Teaching Assistants

  • Teaching Assistants can use Turnitin only to monitor the work of students in courses they teach or support, based on what is discussed in the  Faculty, Instructors, Teaching Assistants section.
  • Turnitin cannot be used for your own academic work, proposals, thesis, or dissertation.

UPRM Students

  • You can use Turnitin without being part of a course!
  • Enroll in our Turnitin course on eCourses (ecourses.uprm.edu) to verify your work before handing in the final version to your professor. If you enroll, there is no need to apply for a Turnitin account.
    • Instructions to enroll in a Turnitin course:
  1. Visit ecourses.uprm.edu
  2. Below courses, select Library
  3. From the list, select Turnitin Turnitin - General Library
  4. Enrollment Key: Plagio-2017
  5. Upload your document in Check your stuff section

Librarian

Anidza Valentín
Contact:
Univ. Puerto Rico - Mayaguez
General Library
Call Box 9000
Mayaguez, PR 00681
(787) 832-4040 x2301

Collaborators

- Prof. Hilda T. Ayala: Guide content

- Edcel J. Cintrón: English translation