Turnitin is a web-based platform that allows instructors and their students to check written work for improper citation or misappropriated content. Turnitin checks submissions against internet sources, publications, and other student papers within the course, at Columbia University, and at other institutions.  Each submitted paper receives an “originality report” in which passages of high similarity to another source are highlighted and linked to their original source. Turnitin also offers a suite of additional services, including peer review functionality and an online grade book.

School of Nursing instructors may submit or request that students submit their assignments via Turnitin instead of or in addition to CourseWorks. Please be advised that the instructor, at his or her discretion, may choose to submit students’ written work to either the Columbia repository or Turnitin’s universal repository. Questions about this policy should be directed to the Office of Curricular and Academic Support.

School of Nursing students will also use Turnitin as a learning tool. As a student, you will be able to submit your assignments into a mock course called CUSON Writing Lab; there you will get an originality report. The report provides a summary of matching or similar areas of text found in a submitted paper that can be considered as plagiarized information. You will be able to check your own work to see where citations and referencing are needed.

Further details are available in the CUSON Student Handbook.  To obtain instructions on how to access the CUSON Writing Lab in Turnitin, please contact Dian Holder, Coordinator for Curricular and Academic Support, at dh2387@columbia.edu.

Turnitin website.


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