Turnitin and plagiarism advice for students

TurnitinUK

The TurnitinUK Plagiarism Detection Service is a tool which can help you to reference your material correctly when you write a course assignment, paper or dissertation.

Your tutor may ask you to submit your work electronically to the TurnitinUK service in order to check for plagiarism (submission to TurnitinUK is usually through a link in your Blackboard course). Your tutor can also submit your work to the system themselves should they wish to do so (for instance if you have handed in an electronic copy of your work through some other method)

Once your work has been submitted, the TurnitinUK service produces an ‘Originality Report’ which highlights any matches between your work and text found in millions of online articles and webpages. Your tutor may or may not allow you to view these originality reports (the tutor decides this on a per-assignment basis).

TurnitinUK is currently only available for you to use if your tutor decides that they will use it in their Blackboard course. There is currently no service for you to self-check your work without it first being configured by the tutor.

Plagiarism course in Blackboard

If you would like to find out more about plagiarism, and how to avoid it, you can do so by logging into Blackboard and browsing to the Study Skills Toolkit which should appear in your list of courses. Click on Academic Writing in the left hand menu and then scroll down to find the plagiarism links.

Help Guides

TurnitinUK_smallIMPORTANT –  If your document contains tables, charts, graphs, or images, you are strongly advised to convert your document to PDF prior to submitting to Turnitin.  In Microsoft Office, you can do this by choosing the ‘save as…’ option and then selecting .pdf.  You should also make sure you convert your file to PDF if it was created using Open Office (where your original file will have a .odt file extension).  Submitting .odt files to Turnitin may result in images / graphs being stripped from your submission.

TurnitinUK_smallSubmitting an assignment and accessing feedback – This guide explains the process of submitting your assignment to Turnitin. Make sure you follow this guide carefully, and most importantly be sure to make a note of the Receipt ID for your submission. This is your proof that you successfully submitted your assignment.

TurnitinUK_smallChecking your submission ID after you have submitted – This guide explains how to view and download your submission ID / digital receipt after you have submitted.  This can be useful if you did not make a note of your submission ID or did not receive a receipt email for some reason.

TurnitinUK_smallChecking information about a Turnitin assignment – This guide explains the process of finding out more information about your Turnitin assignment, such as whether late submissions are allowed, and whether you are allowed to re-submit work after your first submission.

TurnitinUK_smallViewing rubrics attached to a Turnitin assignment – This guide explains how to view a rubric attached to a Turnitin assignment. Note that not all tutors will use Turnitin rubrics, so this guide may not apply to every assignment.

TurnitinUK_smallViewing your submission and accessing feedback – This guide explains how to view a submission you have already made, and how to access feedback in the event that your tutor has used GradeMark to mark submissions online.

TurnitinUK_smallTips on uploading Excel files to Turnitin – This page provides a list of tips relating to submitting an excel file to Turnitin.  You should read these tips to help ensure that you are able to submit your Excel file to Turnitin successfully.

TurnitinUK_smallPlease note that if you are re-submitting work to Turnitin (and your tutor has allowed students to see their originality reports), your new originality report will not be available until 24 hours after re-submitting.