Submitted assignments are uploaded to TurnItIn.
TurnItIn compares assignments to others in its database for similarities.
These similarities are presented to the learner and marker in a ‘similarity report’.
Turnitin or Tii is a tool that supports staff and students in identifying one aspect of plagiarism (text that matches another piece of work). It does this by checking student work against a database or catalogue of papers, journals, books and websites, and matching words and word combinations. This helps students and academics in observing how and where referencing has been used, how arguments of others have been presented (e.g., paraphrased) in relation to their own perspective, and it can also help to check spelling and grammar in written submissions.
Here are some concerns/misconceptions that students may have about TurnItIn:
The role of the percentage score, for example, could encourage students to cut out important pieces of work in the hope of reducing percentages, instead of understanding how to reference cited text or paraphrase it.
When you submit an assignment at the University of Suffolk, it will be run through the TurnItIn system, which supports staff and students in checking for plagiarism. In doing so, it will generate a 'similarity report' that gauges how similar it is to previous submissions via Turnitin. Normally this is just seen by your lecturers however you will be able to submit a draft submission where you can see this score for yourself. To help you understand this process, we recommend visiting and reviewing the following two guides:
We hope this overview has demonstrated the role of TurnItIn and how the use of academic skills such as paraphrasing, referencing, proofreading and editing can help us avoid the direct copy of someone else's work without acknowledging it's their work in our assignments.
Perhaps you would like to practice some of these academic skills?
We hope the below guidance will be of help:
Remember, our Academic Skills Advisors can provide support in these areas through a one-to-one appointment or during our workshops.