Advantages of Turnitin.com Improves the writing skills of the students. Students can revise, improve, and edit the drafts before submitting for evaluation. Teaches them the importance of citations and references. Teaches them how to avoid over reliance on some resources. Students can get feedback from their instructors through peer mark. Teachers can write comments. Use of ORs under proper guidance-its careful exploitation and interpretation immensely improves the final term paper or research output.
Downsides Does take correctly given in text citations and references as instances of plagiarism which certainly confuses the users. Does not exclude the papers title and bibliography for document processing so % of similarity is increased. Considers many common phrases like it has been observed, Table 2 illustrates this, numbering of points etc. Whereas it should not be unless the whole sentence is copied verbatim. Problem with the multi uploads of the same document in the system. Database does not have all the published works. So many instances of plagiarism may go undetected.
Downsides Website does not specify level of plagiarism but identifies points where text matches with the published resources. Report viewing Quick submit Submission of single draft to a single assignment.
Turnitin.com and iThenticate: Difference Turnitin.comiThenticate Users Checks papers of students in classroom setting For researchers to check their work Features OR,GM,PMOR Outcome Graded papersPublished research papers Uploaded papers checked against Web pages, scholarly journals, students papers database Web pages, scholarly journals Maximum length of submissions 100 pages400 pages Addition of Submissions Added to the databaseNot added to the database
Conclusion These tools are important as learning tools as students in the initial years of h.e. lack knowledge about writing, best practices, academic conduct, what constitutes plagiarism and how to avoid it These tools are not instructors or library professionals but support or aids to instructors or library professionals who need to examine the results of OR carefully in order to give effective feedback to the students. These tools are not a panacea but should be considered as a part of wholistic approach to teach the students about the best practices of scholarly writing and communication.