How do I use Turnitin?

You’ve been asked to submit your assignment through Turnitin, but what does that mean? Read on to find out what it is and how Turnitin can help you to develop your academic writing skills… by Catherine Hocking.

What is Turnitin?
Contrary to popular opinion Turnitin is not Big Brother hovering over your shoulder waiting to pounce on you for plagiarism, but text-matching software linked to your Moodle unit. Turnitin’s text-matching capability can help you identify instances when your work is not as original as you thought it was. Turnitin will check your work against a database of materials such as books, journal articles, web pages and the work of other students and will provide you with a report on the originality of your writing.
Our Library guide will give you the nitty gritty on Turnitin and how it works.

So how does this help me improve my work?

Identifying where you may have a problem is a great place to start improving! Your Turnitin Originality Report will highlight matching or similar text which can help point out where you may have forgotten to properly cite another person’s ideas, if you are relying too much on quotations or if your paraphrasing is too similar to the original work. If you’re not sure how to increase your originality don’t sweat – we can help you with that!

Get the advice you need from the Library!
The Library is here to help you improve your academic writing skills and achieve
academic integrity. The Turnitin Library guide is a great place to start, with tips on how to increase your originality and links to a range of handy tutorials. If you’re on campus, drop in to the Library for some one-on-one help.

See the useful links below to get you started.

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