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Turnitin Releases Free E-Books on Teaching Academic Integrity

The anti-plagiarism platform developer Turnitin is offering free resources for educators on types of cheating, best practices for teaching academic honesty, and trends and technology tools related to the problem.

The plagiarism detection platform Turnitin has released three new digital textbooks to give teachers guidelines on how to promote academic integrity and discourage cheating.

According to a November news release from the company, each of the new e-books focuses on different themes or objectives related to threats to academic integrity, as well as the new technologies available to them to detect plagiarism and academic dishonesty — a key concern among K-12 and higher education instructors amid the growing popularity of remote and online learning modalities.

The three books in the series include Back to Basics: Everything you need to know about academic integrity, which gives guidelines and best practices for fostering a culture of academic honesty among students; Emerging Trends in Academic Integrity, focused on ed-tech trends and tools with implications for academic integrity; and Academic Integrity Essentials, which breaks down different forms of cheating and the basis for why and how to cultivate integrity and personal accountability in students.

According to the announcement, the company's products — including Gradescope, iThenticate, ExamSoft, ProctorExam and Ouriginal, among others — help educators and workforce certification and licensing programs flag plagiarism, and students use them to guide and check their work.

The company counts over 16,000 academic institutions, publishers and corporations worldwide as customers, and it has offices in the U.S., U.K., Australia, Germany, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Mexico, the Netherlands, the Philippines, Sweden and Ukraine.