Plagiarism checker Turnitin Originality available system wide starting this fall

After a review of various plagiarism checker tools, the Purdue University system has reached an agreement to make the Turnitin Originality plagiarism checker tool available starting with the fall 2020 semester.

Turnitin’s plagiarism checker will replace the SafeAssign tool previously used in the Blackboard Learn learning management system, which is being decommissioned in August. The tool will be available for the West Lafayette, Fort Wayne and Northwest campuses; Purdue Global already uses Turnitin. 

Turnitin Originality will be integrated with the new D2L Brightspace learning management system, and will be available at no cost to students or instructors. The tool works by comparing text in submitted assignments to a database of both student-submitted and published research papers, then produces a “similarity report” that highlights possible instances of plagiarism. 

More information about how instructors can use Turnitin in a course, along with details about training materials and workshops, will be announced soon.

Last updated: July 15, 2020