Many people in the NUS community are familiar with Turnitin, the plagiarism prevention tool for the undergraduate classroom.
NUS has added iThenticate to its plagiarism prevention portfolio. This plagiarism prevention tool, by the makers of Turnitin, is targeted at scholarly and professional plagiarism.
iThenticate enables academics, researchers and postgraduate students to check their own work. Unlike Turnitin, the submitted work is not added to a student database. This means that your submitted work does not become a source that other users' submissions are checked against.
Turnitin will remain for staff to check on students' work in a classroom situation. Unlike iThenticate, Turnitin also has additional features such as PeerMark.
The differences between iThenticate and Turnitin are summarised in the table below.
CIT will host a talk titled Upholding Academic and Research Integrity. The presenter, Dr John Barrie, is the creator of Turnitin, a leading plagiarism prevention tool. The event will take place on Thursday 18 November at 2.30 p.m. in the CIT Auditorium, Level 2 of Computer Centre. More details and registration information available here.
ideas May 2010
Note: Turnitin detects similarity. While the author described Turnitin as a plagiarism detection service, Turnitin only detects similarity to other sources. Humans determine if a paper is plagiarised.
By N. Sivasothi, Lecturer, Department of Biological Sciences
For the third year running, non-biology students who take the cross-faculty module LSM1303 Animal Behaviour are blogging. As part of their continual assessment, every student in the class of about 200 creates a single blog post each. Their blog site, Blogging about Animal Behaviour is hosted on Blog.nus.
Writing an original post encourages students to read and communicate beyond the limits of their project work and lectures. It also exposes them to their fellow-students' efforts which cover a wide range of examples of animal behaviour.