Faculty teaching in-class or online courses can check student papers online for possible plagiarism using the Turnitin system. This system has now been in use by Bergen Community College Faculty for more than three years. Beginning this academic year, Turnitin services will be administered by the Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning (CITL).

What is Turnitin.com?

Turnitin.com is a website designed to assist both educators and students concerned with the growing problem of Internet plagiarism. Turnitin makes it easy to identify students who cheat and makes potential plagiarists think twice.

How does Turnitin work?
Instructors (or students) submit assignments to Turnitin.com.
Submitted papers are compared against billions of Internet sources and Turnitin.com’s own database of previously submitted papers.
Instructors (and students, if enabled by their instructors) receive a set of color-coded “Originality Reports,” one for each submitted paper
These reports show whether any document was copied from other students or from the Internet. The color-coding identifies the sources from which materials in a paper have been copied.

Is there documentation?
For Faculty:
These Instructor Guides and Demo movies contains very thorough information about accessing and using Turnitin.

For Students:
Guides and Demo movies are also available for those of you who wish to have students utilize the Turnitin system.

Other Web Resources:

  • The plagiarism web site explains online plagiarism and the tools available to detect it.
  • The Prentice Hall web site provides a tutorial on what plagiarism is and how to prevent it.

How can I start using Turnitin?
The Turnitin system is easy to use, and you can begin using it immediately by following the instructions in the User Guides. You can also view an archive of a CITL Training session,or check for current workshops: bergen.edu/citlworkshops . Should you run into trouble or otherwise need help with  Turnitin, please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Amarjit Kaur by email at akaur@bergen.edu.