Higher education institutions are now intensifying socialization from the use of Turnitin and Mendeley to facilitate student works. The existence of both programs will significantly help not only assignments but the final thesis. In addition, the requirement that students’ final thesis must be publicized encourages plagiarism prevention. In education, plagiarism is very despicable, and students are vulnerable to these problems if they cannot cite sources correctly. Thus, training about the proper use of Turnitin and Mendeley becomes essential and beneficial for students.
Students in the Research Method class who are from the 55th Class of Master of Management and the 20th Master of Accounting had the opportunity to receive training from the Ubaya Library Administration regarding the two programs. Students were guided to quote correctly and cite articles or journals correctly so that when a student’s final thesis is submitted to Turnitin, the level of plagiarism is low. Two trainers, namely Mr. Lasi and Mr. Eko, were invited to deliver the training. The training will be held on Thursday, October 26, 2019, in the computer laboratory room located in the EC 2.3 building of the Ubaya Faculty of Business and Economics.
The training session began with the provision of information where students can obtain accredited journals and articles, as well as portals for publication of scientific papers, such as in the Sintha portal. Ubaya students can obtain international journals and articles from accredited sources, such as ProQuest, Emerald Insight, Science Direct, and many more as a form of facilities from Ubaya. Many articles can be accessed easily and completely so that it gives a lot of inspiration related to students’ assignments and final assignments.
Each computer has Mendeley’s program installed, and students were encouraged to make their own account addresses. Some problems faced by students were the problematic installation process on their own laptops. Thanks to this training, students know that the problem can be solved by looking for an older Mendeley program, not the latest one. Students can register their email and start the Mendeley program. Mendeley is beneficial to cite the source and trace the quotations to the original article. That way, students do not need to memorize each citation in their assignment, which may be sourced from five or more articles. Making a bibliography becomes easy as students do not need to create it manually, which is at risk of writing errors. The bibliography can also be directly listed in the student assignments so that the risk of forgetting bibliography from one of the sources of articles or journals can be minimized.
Mendeley can also be added as a plug-in to the web browser used, so articles can be accessed and stored at any time, without having to download it directly. The Mendeley plug-in can be connected to the program installed on the student’s PC or laptop. Students can also easily find the web address source they have access because it can be stored up to the Mendeley program.
After Mendeley, students were trained to use the Turnitin program. Using Turnitin is very easy because it does not require installation at all. Turnitin can be accessed through each web browser, where students must register their email address to get an account. In addition, it requires a class access code registered by the university or lecturer in order to submit assignments according to the class. This training has provided a class access code in Turnitin as a trial. Students also tried to register their assignments to see what percentage of the level of similarity. Mr. Eko and Mr. Lasi said, the level of tolerance of similarity in tertiary institutions varied greatly, but ranged from 30%. For individual faculties such as the Faculty of Law, tolerance is greater because it relates to having to include articles or other rules. However, the tolerance level for postgraduate is lower to be around 20%. Therefore, Ubaya students are required to be able to make the quotation and citation correctly.
Mr. Eko and Mr. Lasi from the Ubaya Library hope that the training will ease Ubaya students to complete their final assignments. Ubaya also hopes that none of its students will be affected by plagiarism cases because plagiarism is a severe theft both in the world of education and in terms of copyright.