Turnitin launched in Arabic

The world-leading plagiarism prevention tool has been launched in Arabic.

Turnitin has developed an Arabic version of its originality checker which can be used by educators and scholarly organisations.

The system is already widely used in higher education institutions in the Middle East, however it is now available with an Arabic interface which will support Arabic documents.

Turnitin is also working in partnership with Al Manhal, the only full text searchable electronic database of Arabic content.

Will Murray, Vice President of Turnitin International, said: "We are delighted to be supporting institutions in the region which are taking a proactive approach to tackling plagiarism.

"Turnitin is now the only plagiarism prevention product with an Arabic right -to -left reading interface which fully supports Arabic documents.

"Our partnership with Al Manhal will further enhance learning by meeting the increasing demand for electronic content in Arabic language."

Al Manhal provides access to more than 68,000 publications including books, journals, reports and dissertations from over 200 Arab publishers.

The papers, from leading universities, research institutes and scientific societies, cover subject areas including law, language and literature, business and economics, history, geography and Islam.

CEO of Al Manhal, Mohamad Al Baghdadi, said: "We are extremely proud of our partnership with Turnitin, the world’s leading plagiarism and piracy prevention software company.

"I am very excited to bring Turnitin’s anti-plagiarism capabilities to the Arabic language, and Arabic students and researchers.

"The partnership between Turnitin and Al Manhal is an integral part of Al Manhal’s mission of improving the quality of learning and research in the Arab world and crucial in order to protect copyrights and intellectual property throughout the region."

In the UK, Turnitin is used by 98% of UK higher education institutions, following a national initiative funded by government body the Joint Information Systems Committee in 2002.