Turnitin Launches Interactive Website that Rates Student Research Sources

Educators use Turnitin’s SEER rubric to grade most popular website sources in students’ written work

OAKLAND, Calif. (Apr. 22, 2013) -- Turnitin, the leader in originality checking and online grading, today announced a new interactive website, “Ratings for Top Student Sources” that ranks the most popular online sources found in student papers using the Source Evaluation Education Rubric (SEER) developed by Turnitin.

Turnitin partnered with a team of educators who scored the online sources most frequently used by secondary and higher education students in six categories: academic, social media, paper mills, encyclopedias, news/portals, and shopping sites. The educators used SEER to rate 197 sources on the level of their authority, educational value, intent, originality, and quality. Visitors to the interactive site can set their viewing preferences using combinations of these attributes.

The launch of “Ratings for Top Student Sources” corresponds with the first day of Plagiarism Education Week at Turnitin. The interactive site can be found at: http://www.turnitin.com/assets/en_us/media/seer/he/all.php

“As we look at plagiarism more closely this week, it’s important we examine the sources students most frequently use in their papers,” said Jason Chu, senior education manager at Turnitin. “Showing how educators rank these sources gives instructors yet another tool to teach students better information literacy and research techniques.”

The list of student sources were culled from annual Turnitin studies that examined the sources in 156 million content matches found in 37 million secondary and higher education student papers submitted to Turnitin between July 2011 and June 2012.


About Turnitin

Turnitin is the global leader in evaluating and improving student learning. The company’s cloudbased service for originality checking, online grading and peer review saves instructors time and provides rich feedback to students. One of the most widely distributed educational applications in the world, Turnitin is used by more than 10,000 institutions in 135 countries to manage the submission, tracking and evaluation of student work online. Turnitin also offers iThenticate, a plagiarism detection service for commercial markets, and WriteCheck, a suite of formative tools for writers. Turnitin is backed by Insight Venture Partners, GIC, Norwest Venture Partners, and Lead Edge Capital, and is headquartered in Oakland, Calif., with an international office in Newcastle, U.K.

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