The internet may enhance student research, but it also makes cut-and-paste assignments more tempting than ever. For educators concerned with internet plagiarism, Turnitin.com purports to help teachers determine whether their students have "taken" intellectual property from the internet.

Turnitin.com's web-based tool analyzes written assignments against its database of hundreds of thousands of papers, as well as general web content. Teachers simply paste a document into a text box and upload it to Turnitin.com's secure system. Twenty-four hours later, teachers receive a custom Originality Report that details the findings of an extensive database and internet

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