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Turnitin: Overview

What is it?

Turnitin is software both accessible online and built into Blackboard which can automatically screen student papers for originality.


How does it work?

Turnitin works via text-matching. It checks writing against existing publications on the web as well as its own internal database of student papers, color coding matches based on the source. It assigns an originality number based on the percentage of the text with no match.


Why do we use it?

The university provides Turnitin free of charge to all HPU students and faculty to improve student writing and ensure academic integrity. Consider it another tool in your arsenal against plagiarism.

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