• Educating Students: 7 Ways Feedback Improves Writing

    Feedback is valuable information that helps improve writing skills. Instructors spend a lot of time providing feedback to students, but do students know why feedback is important and how to apply that feedback?

    Share these tips with students to help them get the most out of feedback and start seeing the impact on their writing. Use together with the online Feedback Quiz to optimize improvement.

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  • Back to School: Teaching Resources to Improve Writing Skills and Educate Students about Plagiarism

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    Begin the new school year with resources that will impact students’ attitudes, confidence, and academic performance! Turnitin’s “Rethink Feedback” back-to-school resources and tools help K-12 teachers and higher education instructors educate students about plagiarism and academic integrity, and improve writing skills.

    Explore the back-to-school resources

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  • The Detection is in the Details

    The Inner Workings of Plagiarism Detection Technology

    There are a number of ways that technology can be used to identify potentially plagiarized content. This post examines the different ways, and how Turnitin uses search technology and content comparison algorithms to help educators help students learn how to use source attribution appropriately.

    Plagiarism has always existed as a problem - the origins of the word date back to the 1st century. It's only of late, however, that plagiarism has become a significant concern not just for educators and researchers, but also in the public sphere. New instances of plagiarism seem to hit the news on a daily basis. Whether it's song lyrics, plagiarism by school officials, government ministers, speeches by political figures, or the plagiarism that happens in the classroom, incidents of plagiarism appear to be on the rise everywhere.

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  • Is Recycling Your Own Work Plagiarism?

    This post is excerpted from an article originally published on in 2011. iThenticate is Turnitin's sister service for publishers and academic researchers.

    Writers often claim that because they are the authors, they can reuse their work, either in full or in excerpts, over and over again. How can republishing one’s own work be defined as plagiarism if the author has only used his or her own words and ideas? This article explores the definition of self-plagiarism, how it crosses into copyright laws and ethical issues, and the different ways an author can avoid this increasingly controversial act of scholarly misconduct.

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  • Melania Trump Trumped by Plagiarism?

    Understanding Plagiarism to Avoid Controversy

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    The 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, whether for good or bad, seemed poised to grab quite a few headlines and to stir controversy while it happened. Surprisingly, one particular controversy touched upon a subject that is quite close to what we do: the question of whether Melania Trump’s speech on Monday, July 18th, plagiarized an address Michelle Obama made to the Democratic National Convention in 2008.

    So, did she?

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  • Promptastic: Analyzing Tweets and Texts

    Your students are actually always thinking about voice and audience -- they just may not be aware of it! One way to teach rhetorical analysis is to have students analyze their own texts and tweets for audience, tone, and voice.

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  • Separating Mimicry from Plagiarism: Teaching Through Copying

    To many educators, there’s a belief that students in eastern countries learn through rote memorization and copying while those in western countries focus more or original work and creative thought.

    Though the stereotype is obviously not the complete truth, there are cultural differences between educational approaches in countries with an eastern cultural background and those with a western approach.

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  • Strategies for Developing Effective Writing Prompts

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    In a recent live webcast, long-time instructors Matthew Davidson, chair of the English department at Sutherland High School in Pittsford, New York, and Charles Trafford, English teacher at Inglemoor High School in Kenmore, Washington, shared their experiences with getting their students to think critically and deeply about writing prompts.

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  • Turnitin Receives 2015 Award of Excellence


    We are proud to announce that Tech & Learning Magazine has awarded Turnitin as a winner in the 33rd annual Awards Of Excellence. Every year a panel of educators examines hundreds of education technology products, looking for products that “break new ground as well as those that add significant enhancements to proven education tools.” 

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  • Summer Learning: Lesson Ideas Part Three

    We featured lesson ideas to improve student engagement and encourage better writing practices with the following classroom activities in the first and second part of our Summer Learning Lesson Ideas series.

    Summer is the perfect time to re-tool or refresh content and revamp approaches to better improve student learning, so this month, we’ve provided more creative and fun lesson ideas for students that add an extra instructional punch to promote feedback or teach plagiarism. Let us know what you think and how you can take what we’ve created and build on it!

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