This page gives an introduction to Turnitin, followed by links to step-by-step guidance on submitting your work and collecting your marks and feedback.
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What is Turnitin?
Turnitin is one of the online assessment platforms at UCL. Although its origins are in helping to identity plagiarism, in recent years it has diversified into marking and feedback. Turnitin offers:
- online submission of work.
- an Originality Report - which shows the extent to which submitted work matches other texts, including web pages, journal articles, books and other students' work. This can help you and your assessor to improve your quoting, paraphrasing and referencing.
- online marking environment which allows your assessor to give closely contextualised comments on your work, as well as spoken feedback and a marksheet for standardised feedback (please note that not all assessors use all of these).
- peer assessment exercises using the Peermark tool.
- a way to return your marks and feedback to you online so that you can refer to them when you need to and feed them into future work.
- Turnitin assignment feedback is linked from MyFeedback.
You may not experience all of these uses of Turnitin - what you see depends on the settings chosen by staff on your course.
A word about plagiarism
- All Turnitin does is find matches - so it cannot tell whether or not a piece of work is plagiarised. However, a high Similarity score can highlight where a student needs to improve their academic writing with respect to quoting, paraphrasing and referencing.
- Although Turnitin has a large database of sources, it may not find every match of text that occurs on the web and in books and journals - so Turnitin may not be the only electronic tool used to detect plagiarism and difficulties with academic writing.
- If you want to, you can obtain a confidential Originality Report on your draft work by submitting it to the Turnitin assignment at UCL's Plagiarism and Academic Writing Moodle area - https://moodle.ucl.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=12731
- For further information about plagiarism please see: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/current-students/guidelines/policies/plagiarism
- Elsewhere in our guidance for students we explain in more detail what the Turnitin Similarity score means.
Your work on Turnitin
Turnitin must adhere to UK Data Protection law. Using Turnitin depends on your consent for your personal data to be held on Turnitin's server, and for your work to be stored in the Turnitin database for checking against the work of future students. By submitting via Turnitin, you give this consent.
Students can access information about plagiarism and submit work to Turnitin confidentially, at the Plagiarism and Academic Writing Moodle course.
We also provide a range of FAQs about Turnitin. Click here to read Turnitin FAQs.
You use Turnitin via Moodle
Your Turnitin assignment page looks like the numbered screenshot below.
- Due Date is the deadline.
- Post Date is the date on which feedback and marks will become available - put this in your diary and check your feedback as soon as it becomes available.
- Carefully note the instructions for your assignment.
- If you see this icon, do click it - you will find the assessment criteria (aka 'Rubric') which explains the different aspects of the assignment and describes how marks are earned.
- When you are ready to submit click the Submit Paper icon.
How to submit work and collect marks and feedback
- Guidance for students submitting work to Turnitin
- Guidance for students collecting marks and feedback from Turnitin
- Guidance on disabling pop-up blockers
- Turnitin Frequently Asked Questions
Find out more
Information for students about plagiarism including using Turnitin is given in the Current Students website.
Turnitin is supported within UCL by the E-Learning Environments team who are happy to advise on any of the above.