Address the originality of student work and emerging trends in misconduct with this comprehensive solution.
Deliver and grade all types of assessments from anywhere using this modern assessment platform.
This high-stakes plagiarism checking tool is the gold standard for academic researchers and publishers.
This robust, comprehensive plagiarism checker fits seamlessly into existing workflows.
Give feedback and grade assignments with this tool that fosters writing excellence and academic integrity.
Uphold academic integrity, streamline grading and feedback, and protect your reputation with these tools.
Improve student writing, check for text similarity, and help develop original thinking skills with these tools for teachers.
Publish with confidence using the tool top researchers and publishers trust to ensure the originality of scholarly works.
Get inspired by educators who are transforming assessment into meaningful learning while maintaining integrity at its core.
With every setback, there is an opportunity for lessons. Plagiarism checking serves as a teaching opportunity to...
This eBook bundle dives into the fundamentals of academic integrity, offering students and educators everything...
Aligning our understanding of definitions of academic integrity is important to promoting lifelong learning...
Turnitin blog posts, delivered straight to your inbox.
Similarity does not equal plagiarism. The two concepts are not the same.
There, I said it. This might ruffle some feathers and challenge some notions, but we need to clear the air. I’ll say it again - SIMILARITY does not equal PLAGIARISM.
Now that we have that out of the way, let’s dig into that statement a little more, and see if we can bring some clarity to the situation. As far back as 2013, Turnitin has been writing blog posts, speaking out, and generally finding any opportunity to clear up the question of whether our products detect plagiarism. No matter how many times we address the subject, we still encounter people around the world looking for the answer. On our Turnitin Educator Network, where Turnitin users around the world come together to ask questions and share ideas, the topic resurfaces year after year, and in my direct contact with educators and students around the world, it also comes up regularly. Our Customer Onboarding and Education teams report that the topic frequently surfaces in trainings as well. So, we KNOW that there is a great deal of uncertainty. The answer, however, is simple: Turnitin does not detect plagiarism. In an effort to clear up any remaining doubt, let’s go through some of the most frequent questions we hear one-by-one and try to answer each one as simply, directly, and clearly as possible.
In this first post of our series, we will focus on general questions; in Part 2, we will dive into questions specific to the educational aspect of the "Similarity or Plagiarism?" debate and exactly how it impacts classroom practice.
To sum that all up - plagiarism is never acceptable, but similarity and plagiarism are not synonymous. More bluntly: Turnitin does not detect plagiarism. At Turnitin, we take our value of customer-centricity very seriously, and our customers are educators and researchers around the world, which brings a tremendous amount of respect for the expertise and professional judgment of those who choose the profession. Because of that, we seek to support those professionals, providing them tools and insights that can aid their judgments and decisions, not replace them. Stay tuned for the next post in this series where we’ll address how the distinction between plagiarism and similarity impacts classroom practice - what works, what doesn’t, and how to best utilize our tools to support instructional goals.