Turnitin is playing both sides of the fence, helping instructors identify plagiarists while helping plagiarists avoid detection.
- Turnitin’s OriginalityCheck helps instructors check students’ work for improper citation or potential plagiarism;
- WriteCheck helps students by identifying unoriginal content in written work
- WriteCheck searches the same content as Turnitin.
It is akin to selling security systems to stores while allowing shoplifters to test whether putting tagged goods into bags lined with aluminum thwart the detectors.