Text Matching Service (TMS) Pilot Project

Final Report:

Background:

CII will launch a pilot project during the Spring 2009 semester to investigate the effectiveness of the availability of a Text Matching Service such as Turnitin.

  • TMS Pilot Project proposal
  • Report to Faculty Assembly, November 10, 2008
  • Notes for presentation to FA, November 10, 2008
  • Summary of Academic Integrity Violations, summer 2007 through spring 2008

Related links:

For Students:

This course will make use of a text matching service called Turnitin. This software tool will compare a submitted paper to websites, published scholarly works and previously submitted papers in order to identify matches to text in the paper. You may use this tool in order to check your draft papers and the instructor may use the tool to examine each document you submit for grading.

In order to use Turnitin, you will need to login to the Angel shell for the course. If you have not used Angel before, point your browser to http://www.oswego.edu/academics/angel where you will find information on how to login, a getting started guide as well as an FAQ. There will be additional help available to you once you login to Angel. Before you use Turnitin, you will need to be familiar with basic navigation within Angel.

Turnitin, and other text matching services, are often referred to as plagiarism detection services. Often students have an incomplete understanding of plagiarism. You can find a tutorial on “What is Plagiarism” at http://www.oswego.edu/library/instruction/plagtut/. You can find information concerning plagiarism and other issues of intellectual integrity at http://www.oswego.edu/integrity.

Information on using Turnitin:

For Instructors:

  • "boilerplate" language to include in the syllabus:

    This course will make use of a text matching service called Turnitin. This software tool will compare a submitted paper to websites, published scholarly works and previously submitted papers in order to identify matches to text in the paper. You may use this tool in order to check your draft papers and the instructor may use the tool to examine each document you submit for grading. For complete information on this tool please go to
    http://www.oswego.edu/integrity/tmspilot/

  • see the Turnitin Training Center for user guides and videos.
  • Accessing Turnitin from within Angel 7.3 (our version for spring)
  • The instructions in the above manual are pretty close - there have been some changes. For a quick and dirty explanation of how to create a drop box and submit papers, see the following page.
  • Hints on interpreting the originality reports can be found on this page.