The issue of plagiarism in Indonesia, especially regarding the academic environment, was first raised many years ago. Yet, with plagiarism still being widespread in Indonesian universities it shows that there is misconduct of honesty and integrity. In other words, plagiarism is an ethical violation of integral academic principles from students and lecturers.
With this in mind, Swiss German University library held The Turnitin Workshop on 14 February 2018. The workshop tutor was from iGroup Indonesia which is the exclusive distributor of Turnitin in Indonesia. This workshop was participated by 31 lecturers from all faculties and the English Department of Swiss German University.
Turnitin software plays a major role in preventing plagiarism. It creates technology to improve students’ and lecturers’ writing, encourages new ideas and enables original thinking. SGU Library, in collaboration with Universitas Multimedia Nusantara and Universitas Muhammadiyah Jakarta, has subscribed to the Turnitin Software for 2018. This is both the pilot project and the first consortium on plagiarism in Indonesia.
Through the Turnitin Workshop, the lecturers were given the information on how to login, create an assignment and submit a file into the software. The aim of this workshop was to prevent plagiarism by reducing unoriginal content of papers from both students and lecturers.