What is Turnitin?
Turnitin is software that compares your written work with existing written work from web pages, previously submitted assessments, library databases and publications.
Turnitin detects similarity; it does not detect plagiarism or academic dishonesty. It is up to you, and ultimately the person marking your work, to judge whether it demonstrates an appropriate level of originality and academic honesty.
How to use Turnitin?
Although Turnitin was originally developed to prevent plagiarism, it can also be used to provide feedback and marks for assessment tasks.
Originality Check: preventing plagiarism
Turnitin identifies matching text and calculates this as a percentage, referred to as the similarity percentage. There shouldn’t be any acceptable minimum or maximum similarity percentages applied to any assessments. (If you were informed otherwise, check with the subject coordinator.)
You will be able to see where the matches occur and the sources of the matches in Turnitin. (If you can’t see this information in Turnitin, check with the subject coordinator.)
Subject coordinators provide information on their expectations in relation to the use of Turnitin, which can vary from subject to subject. Check the subject information and talk to teaching staff to find out if:
- you can view your assessment task in Turnitin to see details of the similarity identified
- you can resubmit your task before the due date.
If you are allowed to resubmit your task, you can use the information provided by Turnitin to make sure you have sufficient original material in your task and that you have cited and referenced your sources.
GradeMark: feedback and marking
If your assessment task is being marked in Turnitin, once the marks are released, you will be able to view your feedback in Turnitin.
Feedback may be in the form of:
- a mark for the task
- comments throughout and/or at the end of the document
- a voice comment
- levels of achievement on a rubric or grading form
- a combination of the above.
To submit an assignment via Turnitin in UTSOnline
1, Go to your subject in UTSOnline.
2, Find the Turnitin submission link, 'Assessment Task X'.
3, Select View/Complete, which will take you to the Turnitin Assignment Inbox shown below.
4, Select the Submit button on the right to go to the next screen where you upload and submit your assessment task.
5, Check your name is shown, add a submission title, find and choose your assessment task file and select Upload.
- You will then be taken to a preview screen where you can confirm your submission.
- Once you have confirmed your submission, a Digital Receipt will appear. Details of the Digital Receipt will be emailed to you, but you can also make a copy of it from here.
6, Select the ‘Go to assignment inbox’ button.
You will now be able to:
- See the percentage similarity match (the similarity percentage).
- View the file you submitted.
- Download the file you submitted (the originally submitted format and the PDF format) and the digital receipt.
Depending on the way the subject coordinator has set up the assessment task, you may also be able to:
- Select the percentage figure to go to the Turnitin document viewer to see your submission in Turnitin and access originality information.
- Select Resubmit to submit a revised version of your task.
- Visit HELPS and talk to friendly HELPS Advisors
- Attend the HELPS workshop, ‘How to Improve Your Writing Using Turnitin’ http://helps-booking.uts.edu.au
Prepared by UTS: HELPS and ALL/IML updated December 2018