Role of librarian in anti-plagiarism campaign with special reference to Turnitin and Urkund

VINOD KUMAR MIHIR, Sandeep Kumar Pathak


The study aims to explore the role of librarian in anti-plagiarism campaign and consequently evaluate two popular anti-plagiarism software based on their features and by analyzing the similarity report generated by both software. The study uses a very simple technique of comparison of similarity reports generated by Turnitin and Urkund anti plagiarism software. To achieve the desired results, five manuscripts were submitted to both of the anti plagiarism software and similarity reports were generated. These similarity reports were analyzed and comparison was also done based on these generated reports. After conducting the study one things is very clear that it is difficult to decide the actual duplication of work. For example at many points, Turnitin was able to find all possible sources while the Urkund was not. Turnitin software does not have any page restriction but Urkund has. Urkund also restricts no. of submission of manuscript per login however Turnitin do not have such restriction. Despite of properly acknowledging the original source, Turnitin sometimes takes text as duplicate same time, it is time consuming process in Turnitin. Comparatively, Urkund takes less time to provide similarity report. Four out of the five sample papers similarity reports have shown different results. Turnitin offers a comprehensive and accurate similarity index. The study is valuable for those interested in getting the plagiarism report for their written matters. It will help them to decide the tool to be acquired for the purposes at one hand and making the decision on the basis of their requirements at the other. Further it also helps to understand what the plagiarism is and what is not.


Academic institutions; anti Plagiarism software; Turnitin; Urkund

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