Turnitin have just released a White Paper containing results of US based research carried out between July 2011 and June 2012 into the sources most frequently used in student writing. The paper gives an analysis of over 156 million content matches from 37 million papers submitted to Turnitin in the United States.
Key findings include:
- Only just over half of internet sources in student writing come from legitimate educational resources
- Poor research practices lead students to a significant number of sites that are not authoritative
- 19% of content matches come from paper mills and cheat sites
- Wikipedia is a popular source
- The importance of teaching research skills should not be underestimated
Read the full report findings for HE here.