What is Turnitin?

Modified on Tue, 6 Jun, 2023 at 1:05 PM

Turnitin is a plagiarism detector used widely throughout UK universities.  Turnitin compares work submitted against its comprehensive database to identify acts of plagiarism.  This system is embedded into our Moodle platform in order to ensure that all work is authentic and adheres to our academic expectations of originality, is correctly referenced, and is deemed as clinically rich work. 

Turnitin provides a percentage score of how similar your work is to existing material and can be used as a guide for both yourself and your tutor to highlight possible plagiarism and/or poor academic practice. Your tutor will not rely solely on Turnitin® to assess this as, for example, a piece of your work may return a high score (e.g. >40%) but may be a short paragraph of your own considered opinion that you have supported with several references. In this example, your tutor will interpret your Turnitin® score appropriately.

Please ensure you accept the Turnitin Terms & Conditions, so that you are able to use Turnitin throughout your course. It is compulsory to accept this user agreement, which must be done on the full website on a laptop or desktop and not on the Moodle App on a mobile or tablet device. You will find the user agreement when you make your first post on an Academic Forum discussion. 

We have a lot of information for students in our Study Skills section, Day 5 - Academic Best Practice, on Moodle. This has guidance and videos to help with Turnitin and also help with how to reference your work.

Checking Work Before Submission

Unfortunately, we do not support multiple submissions to Turnitin of the same work. This is because this would generate a 100% plagiarism report and would be considered self-plagiarism; for more information on this, please revisit Day 5 of Study Skills. 

You are welcome to use an online alternative to check the originality of your work.  A popular one is Grammarly (please follow the link below):
You can also sign up for Mendeley as a free alternative, using the link below:
Please Note: These free online plagiarism checkers will generally return lower scores than Turnitin, as they have a smaller frame of reference than Turnitin. Therefore, these can be used for reference, but please do not rely on them entirely. 

Please Note: There isn't a set percentage that is acceptable. Please note that Turnitin may sometimes also recognise your referencing as copied and pasted, however, if the referencing is done correctly you will not be marked down for it.

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