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 What is Turnitin?

Turnitin (Tii) is a service paid for by the university and is one of the recommended tools for the Electronic Management of Assessment (EMA) which includes eSubmission, eMarking and eFeedback.
The assessment guide provides a full overview of the EMA tools available, for example studentcentral and studentfolio also feature approved eSubmission tools. Turnitin is recommended for written work submissions that require a similarity report. For other types of assignment such as, group work, multiple files, visual or media file submissions a different eSubmission tool may be more suitable. The assessment guide features information and a flowchart to help you select the correct tool based on what your students need to submit.
Turnitin produces a colour-coded similarity report for each submission, which identifies matches with other text-based sources in its database of widely indexed resources. Used thoughtfully, it can help students to improve their academic writing skills.
Turnitin is often described as a plagiarism detection tool which is not the case, it can, however, help to inform a decision where plagiarism is suspected and can assist in cases of academic misconduct.


For staff

  • Facilitates online submission and generates similarity reports.
  • Can aid the decision making where plagiarism or collusion are suspected.
  • Can encourage higher standards of academic writing and integrity.
  • Can make the assessment process fairer and more transparent.

For students

  • Can help students gain a better understanding of plagiarism and, with guidance, learn how to avoid it.
  • No expensive printing required.
  • No need to travel to the university campus to submit a paper.‚Äč

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 Turnitin - Setup

Preparing for Student Submissions

 Turnitin - Submissions

Managing Submissions

 Turnitin - Review and eMarking

Similarity Report and Navigation
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