I'm asking all my students to submit their writing assignments digitally through the website, Turnitin.com. Turnitin provides a number of services to subscriber schools.
First, it provides an efficient, dated and paperless mode of delivery for your work. In the past, I've had to deal with the conundrum of papers disappearing after being slipped under my office door, and of email submissions mysteriously going astray. When you submit your paper to Turnitin, you will get a return receipt documenting the exact time that it was delivered.
Another benefit of using Turnitin.com is that I will be able to maintain an organized and searchable archive of all my students' papers. In the past, I've always regretted being unable to save interesting and carefully done papers for want of space.
Finally, by being part of the Turnitin Internet community, we will be able to add to a database of papers that professors throughout academe are using to detect cases of plagiarism.
To submit an assignment go to http://www.turnitin.com and register as a new user if you haven't already. From there, follow the instructions. The password and class number will be provided in class. Please feel free to contact me if you run into any problems. When you receive your confirmation, please print it and keep it handy. The penalty for not submitting your paper through Turnitin is 5% of the grade for that assignment.
A Note about Plagiarism There's a common belief that the wealth of material available on the Internet has made plagiarism easier for students. This is a myth. With search engines and services like Turnitin.com, the instructor can obtain convincing proof of plagiarism with minimum effort. Even papers purchased in hard copy may be part of a database accessible through the Internet. In the past...