• Why did my teacher ask me to submit my paper to Turnitin.com?

    Turnitin.com is a program that we use at Irvington to check for plagiarism. Many colleges use Turnitin as well. Some teachers at Irvington also use Turnitin.com to grade papers online, and to do peer editing with their classes.

    What is plagiarism? Plagiarism comes from the Latin word for "kidnapping" or "literary thief!" It includes any instance where you take another person's ideas and use them without giving credit. It doesn't matter if you use that person's exact words or not; using their ideas or facts without citing is plagiarism.

    Plagiarism is taken very seriously at Irvington and at high schools all over the world. See Irvington's Academic Honesty Policy for specific consequences. Beyond high school it is even more serious: you can be kicked out of college, fired, or sued in court for stealing another person's ideas or words.

    Turnitin.com checks your paper to see if any parts are copied from the Internet or from any other student's paper that has ever been submitted to the system. 

    If you ever have technical difficulties with Turnitin.com: 1. Tell your teacher, 2. Come see Ms. McAuley, the Turnitin.com administrator, in the library.

     It is always better to do your own work, and WHEN IN DOUBT, CITE YOUR SOURCES.
Last Modified on November 30, 2018