Turnitin is not only a useful electronic submission system, it is also a powerful web-based tool to help students and tutors reduce plagiarism and improve quotation, citation and referencing skills.
There is often a misconception that the Originality Report produced by Turnitin can detect plagiarism for you. Some users place too much emphasis on the percentage produced by the report and believe that this alone indicates whether plagiarism has occurred. This is not the case, there are a variety of reasons why the percentage created might be higher than you would expect, this includes the use of templates, standard question sets or forms. The only way to identify if plagiarism has occurred is to assess the matches in the report to see if they have been quoted, cited and referenced correctly.
- Guide for staff on Originality Reports from Turnitin
- More about how Turnitin is used at the University of Derby
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