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  • 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 you need to work on your academic writing.
  • 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 tool used by UCL to check for 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 space.
  • For further information see UCL's plagiarism guidelines.
  • Elsewhere in our guidance for students we explain in more detail what the Turnitin Similarity score means.

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Students can access information about plagiarism and submit work to Turnitin confidentially, at the Plagiarism and Academic Writing Moodle course.  

See our FAQs about Turnitin at UCL.

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