A study of Turnitin as an educational tool in student dissertations

John Biggam, Margaret McCann

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    Abstract

    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.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)44-54
    Number of pages11
    JournalInteractive Technology and Smart Education
    Volume7
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Jan 2010

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    Keywords

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

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