Text matching service (TMS) pilot project

Final Report:


CII launched 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 Blackboard shell for the course. If you have not used Blackboard Learn before, visit http://www.oswego.edu/blackboard 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 Blackboard. Before you use Turnitin, you will need to be familiar with basic navigation within Blackboard.

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: