From the Wires
Turnitin Releases Analysis of Internet Sources Used in Student Writing that Reveals Potential Plagiarism and Unoriginal Content
Secondary students rely more on sources with weak academic validity; college students show greater dependency on encyclopedias and news sites.
By: PR Newswire
Jan. 10, 2013 11:45 AM
OAKLAND, Calif., Jan. 10, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Turnitin, the global leader in originality checking and plagiarism prevention, today announced the results of its annual plagiarism study which indicates that secondary school students in the United States lean more heavily on social networking and content sharing sites for their research while college students depend more on encyclopedia and news sites.
Reliance on cheat sites and paper mills remains stubbornly high for both categories, indicating that blatant plagiarism continues to be a persistent problem for educators.
A free webcast on January 17 will present the findings. Educators can register at:
The full study is available through two free white papers, broken out by segment, with each providing an in-depth analysis of the findings and recommendations for educators. They can be downloaded at:
"The data shows that students are struggling to learn the basics of research and proper citation in the Internet age," said Chris Harrick, vice president of marketing at Turnitin. "Search engines, question-and-answer sites and social networking sites have replaced what is supposed to be a deliberative research process with one providing instant results that often have little to no educational value."
The study examined 156 million content matches from 37 million student papers that were submitted to Turnitin between July 2011 and June 2012. Comparing the results to a 2011 study found that while secondary students are moving more towards using paper mills and cheat sites, college students are trending in the direction of legitimate academic sites:
When comparing the educational value provided by student sources, the study suggests that secondary students have more difficulty in assessing academically-viable source material. A full 50 percent of the sources used by secondary students may be considered inappropriate for academic work.
For additional white papers on how to address plagiarism and engage students in the writing process, visit http://www.turnitin.com/en_us/resources/white-papers.
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