Turnitin On College Essays?

<p>^ Actually, you said it better: "she can't necessarily change her reasons for pursuing a major." </p>

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<p>Thank you for the responses! So you all think its 100% fine to reuse an essay like the Intel STS Interests essay(which is in the Turnitin database) for other schools even if its word for word or close to word for word?</p>

<p>and is it 100% known that if they find a match to another person's essay, that person's name will be displayed on the essay so they will know its my daughters?</p>

<p>Nothing in this life is 100%. But I'd be confident enough that I wouldn't tell my kid to write a new essay on exactly the same subject.</p>

<p>Thanks! </p>

<p>But sorry i'm a little OCD
But is the consensus that its 100% fine to reuse an essay like the Intel STS Interests essay(which is in the Turnitin database) for other schools even if its word for word or close to word for word?</p>

<p>But sorry i'm a little OCD<br>
just a little???? LOL! Sorry but the question has been answered as best as can be answered here.</p>

<p>I will say that, in my opinion, it is ETHICALLY 100% OK to reuse the essay in this situation, and I also believe that, again in my opinion, it is 100% the case that no college would think that it was wrong to reuse such an essay. The only question in my mind is whether turnitin might cause some confusion because the essay was used for Intel. I would say that this is 98% unlikely. In my opinion.</p>

<p>Hahaha VERY OCD then. </p>

<p>But is the consensus that its 100% fine to reuse an essay like the Intel STS Interests essay(which is in the Turnitin database) for other schools even if its word for word or close to word for word? </p>

<p>Just so i can relieve my horrible OCD hahaha</p>

<p>You really need to ask turnitin.com to walk you through the process of what will happen when the Intel essay is submitted for use with College A, then College B, etc. </p>

<p>Hmmmm...okay, digging a little more. The tool the Intel competition uses is actually Turnitin for Admissions Welcome</a> | Turnitin for Admissions. It's the product of a venture between iPlagiarism, the company that developed turnitin.com, and Hobsons, the educational technology group responsible for the Common App, Naviance and College Confidential, among other things! </p>

<p>Poking around on the Common App site (and surfing through a few articles speculating about Common App's and individual college's future use of Turnitin's authenticity checker), it doesn't appear the feature has actually been implemented for use with the Common App...yet. My guess is, when the Common App rolls out their new platform (per their News wire, it's targeted for launch summer 2013 for the 2014 admission cycle), the essay plagiarism checker will be a part of it (and presumably, the natural question re: recycling personal essays in whole and in part will be addressed). </p>

<p>If I'm correctly interpreting various reports, it appears Turnitin for Admissions is in limited use by just those schools who've also purchased Hobson's software service ApplyYourself. The school names referenced in the blurbs I scanned were all grad schools.</p>

<p>Anyway, good luck in your quest to become educated on this topic! If you find out the scoop, come back and tell us.</p>

<p>I don't suppose calling the admissions department and asking them if reusing the essay is OK would make any sense?</p>

<p>You could even call the admissions office anonymously.</p>

<p>Thanks guys! I emailed them... i'm assuming that's an okay option as well right?</p>

<p>it's fine to submit the same essays to multiple scholarships/schools.</p>

<p>side note: I don't understand how turnitin is legal. They are making money off of students' work and not compensating the students.</p>

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Someone can't "plagiarize" themselves. Relax.

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<p>yes you can. I don't think it makes sense, but you can definitely do it and get in trouble.</p>

<p>This is off-topic, perhaps, but you can't "plagiarize" yourself unless you redefine the term "plagiarism." You can get in trouble, at least at many colleges, for submitting the same paper to multiple classes. This is because it's against the rules. But it's not "plagiarism," any more than it's "burglary." Calling it "self-plagiarism" is, in my opinion, an even worse offense against the English language.</p>

<p>Anyhow, I emailed Columbia who told me that as long as it was her original work, she should be fine. You think I can trust that the person read the email completely and gave me a word i can follow?</p>

<p>I think you should go up there and administer a lie detector test to that person.</p>

<p>Please, don't drive yourself crazy.</p>

<p>You think I can trust that the person read the email completely and gave me a word i can follow? "
I think you would be wise to start seeing a shrink and getting some meds to dampen down your OCD condition[ seriously]</p>

<p>from Merriam-Webster:</p>

<p>"transitive verb:
to steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one's own : use (another's production) without crediting the source </p>

<p>intransitive verb:
to commit literary theft : present as new and original an idea or product derived from an existing source "</p>

<p>You can't commit literary theft of something you wrote yourself. The only exception I can think of is if you've assigned the copyright to somebody else--then maybe you could call it plagiarism--but I wouldn't. I'd call it copyright infringement. Again, reusing your own work can be against the rules. If they wanted to, colleges could say in their instructions for essays that you are not permitted to do this. As far as I know, none of them does this.</p>

<p>Double Submission refers to re-using a paper for a different assignment, and as others note, this is considered academic dishonesty. On the other hand, I can't imagine that there would be any problem with re-using an admissions essay for more than one college. After all, when you send in a Common Application, you are in essence sending out the same essay to many different schools.</p>