Turnitin Bot
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Author:  Chuckt [ Mon Jun 08, 2015 6:30 pm ]
Post subject:  Turnitin Bot

Should we block the Turnitinbot?

I saw the bot online. I googled it. This link says you should block it on intellectual property grounds: ... d-block-it

Author:  BigEd [ Mon Jun 08, 2015 7:33 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Turnitin Bot

This is a public forum - anyone and anything can read it. There's nothing problematic about any particular crawler visiting the site.

We do of course need to worry about spam and spammers, but that's a different kind of thing altogether.

Author:  Muppz [ Sun Jun 14, 2015 12:19 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Turnitin Bot

TurnItIn is a legitimate Academic tool, as far as I am aware they don't claim your IP. Its sole purpose is to compare a submitted piece of work to others in its database and offer a rating which it is then down to the lecturer to investigate if it is to high. It doesn't award your grade thats down to your lecturer and the 2% the guy quotes wouldn't have raised an eyebrow, there are only so many ways of saying something and somewhere along the line someone has already said it but if you have wholesale taken a large chunk and not referenced the source it will flag it. Students are like the rest of us and trawl the net for information so it seems sensible to me that TurnItIn does too.

Full disclosure: Yes I work for a University and Yes we use it.


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