The Turnitin Test Area

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The University uses Turnitin, a plagiarism detection and prevention database which will provide feedback to you on the similarity of your work compared with a worldwide collection of resources and previously submitted student work. See Turnitin for more information.

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What is the Turnitin Test Area?

Turnitin is anti-plagiarism software that compares the words in your assignment with words that have already been written and published by others. This includes millions of web pages, books, journal archives, ebooks, other eresources and every assignment that has previously been submitted to Turnitin. Turnitin also checks against web pages that no longer exist through utilising the Web Archive [1].

Whenever Turnitin finds a match between your words and a sequence of words found elsewhere, it is highlighted in an Originality Report, which shows which words / sentences / paragraphs were found and where Turnitin has found them e.g. links to websites, journal articles or a declaration that the content was previously submitted by another student.

Why should I use it?

The university uses Turnitin for three main reasons. The first is to help you correctly attribute words and ideas to the original author, the second is to detect plagiarism and the third is as a platform for marking work / offering feedback.

  1. Referencing: The Turnitin Test Area has been set up in Blackboard for you to check the referencing, of your assignment, before you actually submit it. You should already understand the basics of referencing before running your work through Turnitin.
  2. Plagiarism: It is usually very easy for your tutors to spot when a block of words have come from another source and are not your own, but it can often be time-consuming tracking down the original source. Turnitin does this work for them.
  3. Marking: Most courses now require you to submit your work electronically, through Turnitin, and your marks and feedback are presented back in the same place. Although you will be able to see your marks in the Blackboard Grade Centre, your feedback can usually only be seen in Turnitin.

Who can see my test assignment?

There are a limited number of people who can see what you have submitted to Turnitin. These are usually restricted to:

  • Yourself
  • Your marking tutor(s)
  • Other tutors who are registered on the module e.g. course leader, program leader
  • External examiners (for verifying a sample of marks given on the module)

Where is the Turnitin Test Area?

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