UCSD has a site license to use Turnitin.com. This service is free to UCSD faculty. Turnitin underscores UCSD's commitment to academic integrity by giving faculty an easy facility to check students' work against the internet, journals and previously submitted papers (or lab reports). Each assignment is given a "similarity index" report which alerts instructors to potential cases of plagiarism and the possible sources of the plagiarized passages; instructors can use the report as a starting point for checking student papers for proper citation and attribution. Turnitin can also be used during the writing process to help students check for incorrect and missing citations prior to submission.
For more information about interpreting Turnitin reports, investigating suspected cases of plagiarism, or reporting suspected cases, please contact the Academic Integrity Coordinator at email@example.com or (858) 534-2715.