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In order to help control and catch the rampant plagiarism and cheating going on in the academic world (and particularly in higher education), institutions have been using online tools that catalog previously submitted student assignments and cross-reference said content with online sources and various other databases.

 

These tools-- SafeAssign and Turnitin being the most prevalent-- are highly useful and usually act as a good preventive mechanism.

 

Below is a comparison of the advantages and drawbacks of the two tools:

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Feature

Turnitin

SafeAssign

Blackboard integration

NO 
Option to integrate with Blackboard not available at CUNY. Accessed through the Turnitin web site. Request an account fromhelpdesk@hunter.cuny.edu.

YES 
Integrated with Blackboard and accessible from within Blackboard courses.

Scope of databases

LARGER 
Large periodical database and collection of student papers

LARGE 
Databases of periodicals and student papers are smaller in scope than Turnitin databases

Control over addition of student papers to the databases

YES - Instructor 
Instructor controls whether student work is added to the Turnitin database (cross-institutional)

YES - Instructor and student 

  • Instructor controls whether student work is added to the Institutional database (CUNY-wide)
  • Student controls whether their work is added to the Global Reference Database (cross-institutional)

Supports multiple drafts

YES - Add to an existing assignment
Instructor creates a "revision assignment" for work that was previously submitted. Revision assignments are stored in the Turnitin database, but are not compared to the original.

YES - Set up draft assignment 

  • Instructor creates a "draft assignment" for each draft. Draft assignments not stored in SafeAssign databases; therefore, subsequent drafts are not compared to the original.
  • Instructor creates a regular SafeAssignment for the final draft.

Supports multiple submissions of the same assignment

YES
Instructor can set up an assignment that allows students to submit papers multiple times until the due date, generating a new originality report each time. Each submission overwrites the previous submission.

YES
Instructor must clear the original assignment to allow students to resubmit. Each submission overwrites the previous submission

Allows instructors to submit student work

YES - Can select and upload multiple files 
Instructors can submit student work by:

  • Uploading a single file or selecting multiple files
  • Creating and uploading a compressed zip file consisting of multiple student papers
  • Selecting text from a single paper and pasting it into a textbox.

YES - Must compress to upload multiple filesInstructors can use the "Direct Submit" option for:

  • Uploading a single file
  • Creating and uploading a compressed zip file consisting of multiple student papers
  • Selecting text from a single paper and pasting it into a textbox

Supported file formats

MOST COMMON FILE TYPES 
File types accepted include: MS Word (doc and docx), txt, rtf, html, pdf, zip (for batch file upload by the instructor)

MOST COMMON FILE TYPES 
File types accepted include: MS Word (doc and docx),  txt, rtf, html, pdf, zip (for batch file upload by the instructor)

Options for generating reports

YES

  • Can restrict comparison check to specific databases
  • Can exclude references, quoted material, and small matches
  • Can see the report in three different formats (highest matches first, one source at a time, and "classic view", where the paper is displayed below the list of matching sources)

NO

  • Cannot exclude references, quoted material, or small matches from the report
  • Can view the report in a single mode, similar to Turnitin's "classic view" mode

Options for giving students feedback

YES - Grademark 
Turnitin's GradeMark allows instructors to add inline comments to student submissions.  Instructors can also insert frequently used marking symbols with explanations of what they mean, as well as audio comments.

YES - Microsoft Word markup 
Instructors can attach student papers that have been reviewed using the markup tool in Word. Students can leave comments for their instructor

Source: http://www.hunter.cuny.edu/ttlg/toolbox/plagiarism-prevention/safeassign-turnitin-comparison 

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