CEDAR LAKE | Thanks to a grant, Hanover Central High School teachers will be using a software program able to spot plagiarism in student papers.
The $2,105 grant will allow the high school to license software from Turnitin.com, said Jeff Brooks, Hanover Central assistant principal.
Turnitin is a company which licenses a software program, OriginalityCheck, to schools and universities over the Internet on a yearly basis.
OriginalityCheck is designed to compare the text of a student’s paper to a database of more than 24 billion webpages, 250 million papers digitally stored in a student archive and material published in more than 120,000 professional, academic and commercial journals and publications, according to the company’s website. The database also is updated regularly, the website said.
According to its website, Turnitin processed more than 60 million papers in 2011, with an average turnaround time of 13 seconds per paper.
Currently it works with 1 million active instructors and 10,000 educational institutions.
The software is able to identify 10 different types of plagiarism, Brooks told the School Board.
“The English teachers are really looking forward to it,” he said. Teachers from other departments also will be encouraged to take a look at the software, Brooks added.