Turn it Down, Don't Turnitin:
Resisting Plagiarism Detection Services by Talking About Plagiarism Rhetorically

Turnitin's History

What is the history of the plagiarism detection service Turnitin.com, and how have its marketing messages targeted the field of composition and rhetoric?

Other People’s Papers

How can we use SchoolSucks.com and Turnitin.com as vehicles for critical rhetorical analysis in the classroom?

A Pedagogy of Resistance

What benefits might there be for compositionists to adopt a pedagogy of resistance toward plagiarism detection services?


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Crank, Virginia. (2010). When (process) theory becomes (consumer) product: How the six traits fails teachers. Wisconsin English Journal, 52(2), 45-53.

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Vie, Stephanie. (in press). A pedagogy of resistance to plagiarism detection devices. Computers and Composition. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.compcom.2013.01.002

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