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Can instructors use Google or other free search tools to investigate possible academic misconduct?

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Faculty and GSIs may continue to use any search tools or methods that help resolve questions of academic integrity in their courses. Because Turnitin searches copyrighted and other restricted-access material, the reports it generates will be more comprehensive than what can be found in a Google search. In addition, using Turnitin can help faculty focus on more in-depth assessment of student work, with the knowledge that the step of plagiarism detection has already taken place.