Turnitin detects plagiarism in your research paper

Turnitin (“turn it in”) is a web-based service that college admissions offices and teachers use to check for plagiarism in a college admission essay or term paper. More and more college students are plagiarizing essays and research papers.

Turnitin checks for plagiarism in students' essays and research papers. (Credit: Vasudev Singhchawla)

Turnitin checks for plagiarism in students’ essays and research papers. (Credit: Vasudev Singhchawla)

While cheating and plagiarism have been around for centuries, easy access to the web makes copying, purchasing, sharing and pasting papers far more easy. Turnitin began as far back as the 1990s. Read more

Most common mistakes in college research papers

Taking the time to perfect your research paper is well worth it to receive the grade you want.

Taking the time to perfect your research paper is well worth it to receive the grade you want.

Having good research paper topics is not the only thing that’s important when writing your college research paper. There are many other considerations, including narrowing your topic, meeting deadlines, citing sources correctly, using secondary sources badly, staying on topic, and avoiding plagiarism. Here are some common errors and how to avoid them.

The basics: Deadline, proofreading and presentation

Your ideas might be the best ever, but teachers also consider presentation, format and readability. Read more

What college students can learn from Shia LaBeouf’s bizarre plagiarism case

Actor Shia LaBeouf's recent plagiarism case has negatively affected his reputation. (Credit: Georges Biard)

Actor Shia LaBeouf’s recent plagiarism case has negatively affected his reputation. (Credit: Georges Biard)

Plagiarism is an ongoing problem fought at the university level. According to a study done by Rutgers University researcher Donald McCabe from 2002-05, 36% of undergraduates and 24% of graduate students admitted to copying and paraphrasing from Internet sources without giving credit. Claire Moore, in “Can you say ‘plagiarize?’” for Cengage Brain, wrote about why plagiarism is a bad idea for your college career. But while universities struggle to combat the plagiarism problem, Shia LaBeouf is appearing in headlines for his bizarre antics on Twitter after his 2012 short film,, was outed for being plagiarized directly from graphic novelist Daniel Clowes’s “Justin M. Damiano.” LeBeouf has since apologized both on Twitter and through skywriting – and the texts of several of those apologies and justifications were also plagiarized. After receiving a cease and desist letter from Clowes’s lawyers (and immediately copying and posting it on the Internet), LaBeouf continues to baffle artists and Twitter followers alike. If you are looking for a good research topic in media studies or intellectual property, this is a case you should be following. Read more

How to avoid plagiarism in college: Resist the temptation!

Mimi & Eunice, “Thief”. (Credit: Nina Paley)

Mimi & Eunice, “Thief”. (Credit: Nina Paley)

It’s late and your research paper is due tomorrow. You have about 20 different sources and it would take an entire day just to cite all of them. For just a brief moment, you consider listing only a handful of these on your works cited page. Stop and resist this temptation to plagiarize  yes, plagiarize. So what is plagiarism, exactly? Read more

Back to school tips: How to write a research paper

Classes are starting and it has been a while, hasn’t it? You’re now busy getting back into the swing of things, but while you’ve been away, you may have forgotten some vital information about how to write a research paper. There may also be some key components of writing papers with which you’ve always struggled. Here are some back to school tips to keep in mind while starting your first research paper this school year to help create your best work. Read more