Giving Students a Research-Based Education in the 21st Century

Teaching Information-Gathering and Citation Skills

Using Turnitin to Empower Students to Become Life-Long Learners

Nancy Ruffell

English Teacher Snowflake High School, Arizona

"Turnitin gives them that opportunity, I think, to feel that they're part of that bigger conversation and that their document is going to live forever."

Nancy Ruffell uses Turnitin Feedback Studio’s Similarity Index to help students integrate sources, paraphrase properly, and analyze existing scholarship. Through this process, Ruffell has empowered students to see that their research papers add to the academic conversation and to become life-long learners.

Ruffell says Feedback Studio helps students visualize plagiarism and understand its far-reaching impact. Ruffell’s students understand that research papers are their part of a virtual conversation. Within Feedback Studio, they see that people are borrowing and using and rewriting and paraphrasing, and they understand how their submission is how they're entering the conversation. “Turnitin gives them that opportunity, I think, to feel that they're part of that bigger conversation and that their document is going to live forever.”