TurnItIn.com 

About TurnItIn.com In Our Class 

First, find out  What the Symbols Mean in my Canvas Gradebook.

Turnitin.com is a plagiarism detection tool to be used by a human (me) to help determine if there is an issue with submitting work that is not your own. Always submit your answers in worksheets with the questions left intact. Yes, the system will “flag” those, but that is okay because having a high unoriginal percentage is only an indication – it is up to me, the human, to see if there is a problem. Turnitin will color code the unoriginal scores from green to red – again, this is just a tool for me to use. Depending on the nature of the assignment, some of your work will naturally get flagged high because of the worksheet used paired with naturally short answers. A tool is just a tool, neither bad nor good. As long as you are doing your own work, paraphrasing (i.e., putting things into your own words to show understanding), and citing your sources in CSE Name Year Style ( https://www.marypoffenroth.com/cse), you will be just fine.

As long as you are writing and submitting your own work and paraphrasing with citations of others’ work, you will be good to go.

Check out this great resource on  How to Paraphrase for guidance.

If I ever feel there is an issue, I will personally contact you to chat before any action is taken.

If you are submitting answers to questions, please make sure to leave the questions in your responses. Yes, I know TurnItIn.com will flag them, but again – it is only a tool for a human user to apply to interpret results. It makes it much harder to grade if you delete the questions, so please leave them in your responses as appropriate.

There might be a bit of confusion since TurnItIn.com is sometimes used as an outside website. It is now fully integrated into Canvas. You just submit it into the folder for the assignment, and you will see the “turnitin.com” submission upload area. Make sure you are on an actual desktop/laptop computer. Do not use the mobile app or a mobile device to submit assignments since those have proven unreliable.

How to Find Your TurnItIn.com Feedback

Feedback is given through TurnItIn.com via purple & blue tags and a graded rubric by score. Please check out these resources from TurnitIn.com on how to access and understand your feedback.

There are two ways you can access this information:

1- Directly through the turnitin.com Canvas tool. Just go to the same spot where you submitted the paper, and you should see a link to open. Check out this video on how to do this.

2. If you are having trouble seeing your rubric scores and feedback on your biodiversity papers within Canvas you can also access this via Turnitin directly. Go to Turn It In and log in using the exact same email you use to access Canvas (this may mean you need to set up a new account/password). Click on the class that has been auto-created for us. You should see your paper with its feedback there. 

This was a literature review paper based on your research in the peer-reviewed journals. This type of paper is called a Scientific Literature Review Paper and must have been written and researched at a college level. You will have only one opportunity to submit a final paper, and there are no makeups or do-overs. As this is not a writing course, it is assumed that you are able to write and research at a college level and will be graded as such. Line-by-line editing or feedback is not given as the piece is being assessed as a whole for a non-writing course. Your feedback will consist of your rubric scores and additional specifics on point deductions.

Once all papers have been graded, I will send out a Canvas message telling everyone to check their feedback and grades. 

 

Citing for the Reference Section in CSE Name-Year Format

Manuscript Formatting

For the name-year format, each source is cited in the text with the author’s last name and the year of publication (in-text citation) first. Then, as you write and cite you build your references list which lists all of the sources used, in alphabetical order by the author’s last name.

The goal of the in-text citation is to point the reader to the full citation in the list of references, so they should match.

Choose one of these formatting options:

  1. Hanging indents are the most correct formatting choice for the entire section, but I understand they can be a pain to do. So for our class, you may do either hanging indents. Learn how to format in Word and Google Docs.

    OR

  2. Single space each individual citation and put a double space in between individual citations, then left justify all.

Keane, S. 2010. The disappearing spoon: And other true tales of madness, love, and the history of the world from the periodic table of the elements. New York (NY): Little, Brown and Company.

Ripple WJ, Beschta RL, Painter LE. 2015. Trophic cascades from wolves to alders in Yellowstone. For Ecol Manage. 354(1): 254-260. doi:10.1016/j.foreco.2015.06.007.

Remember, the name you use in your in-text citation should match the name you use in your full citation in the list of references!

What to do about “Author”

One Author

Use the author’s last name, followed by first and middle initials.

Kean S.

Two to Ten Authors

List all authors. For each, use the author’s last name, followed by first and middle initials.

Ripple WJ, Beschta RL, Painter LE.

More than Ten Authors

List the first ten authors, followed by “et al.”

George, MA, Dubbe, D, Pate, JP, Murphy, J, Twardos, M, Crohn, K, Henry, R, Hartman, J, Hickox, CE, Bisom, T, et al.

Organization as Author

List the abbreviation you used in your in-text citation in brackets, followed by the full name of the organization. For national organizations, such as federal government agencies, include (US) after the name of the organization.

[CDC] Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (US).

For articles from journals and databases
(generally speaking, anything digital but not a book from our library or Google Scholar will be cited like this).

Original database location and original PDF.

Journal Article/Primary Review Journal Template: Author(s). Year. Article Title. Abbreviated Journal Title. Vol(Issue):page numbers.

  • If you have a doi for your article, please include it at the end of your citation in the following format: doi:10.1007/s10344-014-0825-0

Example: Ripple WJ, Beschta RL, Painter LE. 2015. Trophic cascades from wolves to alders in Yellowstone. For Ecol Manage. 354(1): 254-260. doi:10.1016/j.foreco.2015.06.007.

*Please note that this journal example did not have an issue number, so I simply placed a 1 in the parentheses. It’s also fine to place a zero. DOI is not required, but if it has one, adding it to the end of the citation is fine.

CSE Citing Journal Article

For Printed or Digital/e-books

Book template: Authors(s). Year. Title. Edition. Place of publication: publisher. Extent. Notes.

Please note:

  1. Even though the most correct version of citing in CSE Name Year Style for book includes “extent” or “notes” info, for our class, you are not required to include it. “Extent” or “notes” info, which correlates to the exact part of the book you used in your paper. For us, just give the citation of the overall book.

  2. If your book is the first edition or doesn’t include an edition number, you can omit the edition requirement of this template as well.

Example: Keane, S. 2010. The disappearing spoon: And other true tales of madness, love, and the history of the world from the periodic table of the elements. New York (NY): Little, Brown and Company.


CSE Citing for a Book

For Pure Websites

This is how you cite anything that is just a website and doesn’t fall into the category above. Remember: generally speaking, anything digital but not a book from our library or Google Scholar will be cited as an article from journals and databases above.

CSE Citing for a Website

Template: Author, AA. Year. Title of short work. Title of website. Place of publication: Publisher. [updated year month day; accessed year month day]. Article URL.

Please note:

  1. Even though the most correct version of citing in CSE Name Year Style for website includes notes about how you specifically used the source, you aren’t required to add notes for our class.

  2. As there is no accepted style or format that applies to all websites, some of the above information may be missing from your citation. Here’s what to do:

    No Author? Use the Organization as Author

    List the abbreviation you used in your in-text citation in brackets, followed by the full name of the organization. For national organizations, such as federal government agencies, include (US) after the name of the organization.

    [CDC] Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (US).

    No date listed when the site was last updated?

    Use the year you accessed the website

Example: [USFWS] U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. 2023. Bull trout: Conserving the nature of America. U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. Portland (OR): USFWS. [updated 2014 Sept 4; accessed 2016 Sept 23]. https://www.fws.gov/species/bull-trout-salvelinus-confluentus

FAQ

What if there is no DOI?

Not to worry. DOI is actually pretty new, so if there is not one, just don’t worry about including it.

What if there is no Issue or Volume number?

This also happens sometimes. Again, not to worry. If there is no volume or issue number, you can just put a 1 or 0 in the place of the volume or issue space.

  • There are some discrepancies on how to exactly cite websites/web only resources. I would prefer you cite the way I have included in the video below; however, if you are following a CSE Name Year style guide that shows the alternate form, that is fine too. Websites are one of those wonky aspects of traditional citations that have yet to be really locked into place properly.

  • In fact, there are a few tiny discrepancies between hanging indents and comma placement. You will see both styles covered in the videos below. For us, don’t worry yourself – I am looking for you to show me comprehension of the style, not be perfect.

  • There are differences, especially in comma placement, between the 7th and 8th edition. Please follow the 8th edition.

  • Be cautious of auto-generated citation makers. Some are good some are terrible. If you submit a Frankenstein’s monster of copy/pasted citations, you will be marked down. Make sure all the info is there and that it is actually in the correct format. Learn more about  citations generators.

So, if there are all these caveats, why am I having you do CSE Name Year Style instead of a style you already know, like APA or MLA? Well, firstly, scientists don’t use those styles, and this is a science course (sorry, not my call :)) and second, it’s a good practice to be able to expand your citation abilities. For our purposes, show me you can properly cite your sources in text and at the end in CSE Name Year Style. Beyond that, if you wish to write your paper in APA or MLA (Or another accepted academic style), that is fine. Just as long as your citations throughout are in CSE Name Year Style.

What is the difference between a website and a peer reviewed online journal article?

Do you know the difference between a website and a peer reviewed journal article viewed online? Watch the video below or  read this guide from Santa Clarita Library.

Do I need to cite content that I am given in a weekly deliverable?

If a weekly deliverable includes a piece of content I give you, you are not “required” to cite it unless it makes sense. For example, if you are introducing the piece/authors in your write-up: “As Kang et al., (2017) stated…”.

Is there anything class specific that I need to know?
  • When I include a website citation, it will not be in perfect format because I am deliberately omitting the accessed date

  • Where citation style really counts, and I will be closely checking, is in the literature review paper.

  • Citing websites is wonky – I know. Do the best you can with them and show me you can perfectly cite a journal paper/book, and we are good.

  • Each individual full citation at the end of your paper in the literature cited section is single-spaced with a double space separating individual citations. No hanging indents. All left justified. Alphabetized by last name of the first author (or website). Do not include URL information for peer-reviewed articles you retrieved from an online database.