Eastern Michigan University
About Turnitin.com at Eastern Michigan University
To help promote awareness of and the practice of academic integrity, Eastern Michigan University has subscribed to Turnitin.com, a web-based originality checking service that compares submitted text against a database of millions of online documents as well as every paper turned into Turnitit.com (including previously submitted EMU papers).
When similarities between a submitted text and existing documents are found, Turnitin highlights those similarities in an annotated document, displaying both the submitted text and the original matching text. Detection of similarities does not automatically mean plagiarism has occured, since the overlapping text might be properly referenced and cited.
It is recommended that the Turnitin.com service be used as a teaching tool for learning to write with external sources, i.e., for students to check and improve their own drafts (the text-overlap report also goes to the instructor) before submitting final drafts.