A study of Turnitin as an educational tool in student dissertations

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  • Biggam, J & McCann, M (2010) A study of Turnitin

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)44-54
Number of pages11
JournalInteractive Technology and Smart Education
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2010


This paper explores the use of Turnitin as a learning tool (particularly in relation to citing sources and paraphrasing) and as a vehicle for reducing incidences of plagiarism. The research was implemented using a case study of 49 final year “honours” undergraduate students undertaking their year-long core dissertation module. Over the course of the academic year student submissions to Turnitin were analysed in terms of improvements to their Turnitin scores and academic writing.


  • educational tool, Turnitin, writing skills, dissertations, plagiarism

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