Answered By: Keely Wilczek
Last Updated: Nov 14, 2019     Views: 3237

HKS is currently piloting TurnItIn, a plagiarism detection service that can automatically review your writing and provide a report detailing possible plagiarism.

The pilot consists of two components:

  • Some faculty will be using TurnItIn to review submitted assignments. Students will be informed by faculty if their course is part of this portion of the pilot. 
  • All HKS students can also review their own work before submitting their final draft. Visit the  HKS Student TurnItIn Site (accessible via the Canvas dashboard) to learn more about how to submit a draft and how to review a report.

If you have any questions about this pilot, please contact Ian Tosh, senior instructional technologist at HKS.

Be aware that no one software or online tool is going to be 100% accurate for catching inadvertent plagiarism. Your best defense is to take careful notes and document all your sources. Using a citation management tool like Zotero as part of your note-taking process can help you organize your research to remember where attributions are needed in your papers. See the HKS Academic Code for more information.

Other anti-plagiarism software options:

  • Access on a per paper basis can be purchased for WriteCheck. This site searches a number of scholarly article databases to check your paper for problems with plagiarism. In addition, the tool conducts a grammar check of your paper.
  • Some plagiarism detection tools are free or low cost. Small SEO Tools is free. DupliChecker is free for a limited number of words, and then charges for additional words. Grammarly also has a free Plagiarism Checker, which searches websites and Proquest databases.

‚ÄčIt's always a good idea to check the company's website for its privacy policy as your paper may be added to that tool's searchable database of papers without your permission. (For that reason, you may prefer the copy and paste option if offered).