Thursday Poster

Plagiarism: Using Turnitin to Identify Plagiarism in Students Research Papers and Creating Tutorials via Adobe Captivate to Teach Students How to Avoid Plagiarism

Track: Learning Tools

Turnitin is web-based plagiarism detection software that compares student paper against a vast database of digital content, student paper archive, professional journals and publications. Once plagiarism is detected, the student is given the option of watching a tutorial on the citation style in question – MLA, ASA or APA – and/or asking for assistance at the Learning Center or the Library to correct the paper and resubmit. The goal of using the software is not to penalize the students for not knowing but to detect what they don’t know and teach them what they need. The tutorials are created with Adobe Captivate by the librarians.

Annie Chatterjee
Assistant Professor/Librarian

Cynthia Robbins
Essex County College

Professor Annie Chatterjee is the head librarian at West Essex Campus Library of Essex County College, New Jersey. She received her MLIS from Pratt Institute with honors in 2006. She holds a Certificate in Copyright Law from Harvard Law School and an Online Teaching Certificate from Pearson. Prof. Chatterjee sits on the Academic Foundation Advisory Council at Essex County. She actively participates in the process of transforming the library into Information Commons, utilizing all possible usage of new, emerging technologies in the library environment. She teaches College Success Seminar and Information Literacy. Prof. Chatterjee has worked in libraries in the corporate, public, consulate, school and national sectors prior to becoming an academic librarian.

Cynthia Robbins graduated from Boston University with a BS in Journalism and a minor in Japanese Studies. She worked as a bookseller and publisher’s representative for over 20 years. During her last years in publishing, she came to greatly admire librarians and became a library specialist. This work inspired her to get her MLIS and she graduated from Rutgers University in May 2015. She is currently a co-chair of the NJLA Readers’ Advisory Roundtable.