Staff Introductory PowerPoint on Turnitin for Students (PowerPoint)

Turnitin and the Plagiarism Policy
What it does, how it works, and what’s involved in using Turnitin
These slides have been produced to help tutors introduce
students to how Turnitin is used in your programme –
these slides can be amended/deleted to meet your
requirements. Highlighted areas are provided for
information and guidance and will need to be deleted.
Turnitin: Guides
All students guides are available at:
Copyright and Data Protection
There are copyright and data protection issues students
will need to be aware of.
Students can be directed to read ‘Overview for Students’
available at:
About Turnitin…
Turnitin: What is it?
Turnitin is “text matching software”.
It identifies how much of your assignment text is
It will help you improve your academic writing.
If your programme is using e-feedback this will need to be
Turnitin: What does it do? (1/2)
Turnitin checks students’ work for material which might
have been originated from other sources:
The Internet (several billion URLs);
Essays from cheat sites;
Selected subscription services (including Gale and
Copyright free material, such as the Gutenberg Project;
Submitted work may also be compared with a database
of other students’ work previously submitted to Turnitin
- including CCCU and other institutions.
Turnitin: What does it do? (2/2)
Turnitin then reports the extent of any ‘unoriginal’ material –
this is text reproduced in students’ work which is known to
exist in these other sources. Providing an ‘originality report’
for academic staff using coloured and numbered text to
depict unoriginal material.
Turnitin itself doesn’t make any judgement as to whether or
not students’ work is plagiarised, it simply offers information
to support academic decision making.
Turnitin is not a plagiarism detector: it is text-matching
Be aware that an assignment full of quotes and references will
return a high score on the “originality report”.
How the Department uses Turnitin…
Turnitin: How it is used in the Dept. (1/2)
EDIT THIS SLIDE: to ensure it covers how Turnitin is
used in your programme, especially if e-submission only
You will have an opportunity, and be encouraged to,
submit at least one draft and view the originality report
for each piece of coursework you’re asked to submit to
You can use this to help improve your academic writing
Turnitin will be used by all modules unless your tutor
specifically advises you.
As well as submitting an electronic copy to Turnitin you
may be required as well to submit a paper copy to the
tutor OR drop box also by the deadline – check with
your tutor.
Turnitin: How it is used in the Dept. (2/2)
EDIT THIS SLIDE: to ensure it covers how Turnitin is
used in your programme
See your Programme Handbook (available from your
Module/Programme Blackboard – formerly CLIC Learn)
for information on procedures and penalties where:
you submit one or both late
you submit one but not the other
your paper and electronic submissions are different
NOTE: where you are required to submit paper and electronic
copy, the electronic copy will stand as the definitive
See your Module Handbook (available from the Module
Blackboard) for further module specific details on the
use of Turnitin.
Using Turnitin…
Turnitin: Saving Your Work (1/2)
EDIT THIS SLIDE: File naming conventions may
differ in departments
Before submitting your assignment, you should do the following
Save your assignment in Microsoft Word.
in the following format:
Make a note of the title you use and the location in which the
assignment is saved on your PC / pen drive / flash stick.
Turnitin: Saving Your Work (2/2)
Note: Turnitin now accepts all file formats for the purpose of adding eFeedback. However, where your work is required to be submitted for
Originality Checking, you must submit in the following formats:
Microsoft Word (DOC, DOCX), Acrobat PDF, PostScript, Text, HTML,
WordPerfect (WPD), OpenOffice (ODT), Rich Text Format and Hangul
This doesn’t include PowerPoint which should not be submitted directly
for Originality Checking. If you are required to submit work for
originality checking in PowerPoint or other formats (e.g. Publisher), you
can convert to PDF first. See for
Check with your tutor first if you are submitting any other non-textbased/word-processed files.
Turnitin: Submitting Your Work (1/6)
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submission points are for your programme
Log on to Blackboard (formerly CLIC Learn) with your own
username and password, and click on the Course Module,
find the Turnitin assignment and click on the ‘View/Complete’.
Click the ‘Submit’ icon next to the assessment title.
Turnitin: Submitting Your Work (2/6)
Ensure 'single file upload’ is selected.
The submission title should be the same as the version you have
saved on your own storage device.
Click on the ‘Choose from this computer’ button to locate your work
for your PC / pen drive / flash stick.
Now click on the ‘Upload’ button to upload your work into Turnitin
Turnitin: Submitting Your Work (3/6)
The maximum file size is 20Mb.
Turnitin accepts the following file types: Microsoft Word,
WordPerfect, PostScript, PDF, HTML, RTF, plain text, PowerPoint.
Note: although Turnitin accepts PowerPoint files, there is currently no
University –wide requirement to submit work in PowerPoint. Check with
your tutor first.
Turnitin: Submitting Your Work (4/6)
Turnitin will now shows
you an interactive
preview of your file to
check it’s the work you
meant to upload. If you
are happy with your
submission please
press the Confirm
button and it will be
uploaded to Turnitin.
Turnitin: Submitting Your Work (5/6)
When you have submitted your work you will see a receipt
Make a note of your Turnitin Submission ID (this will be
emailed to you - it may go straight to your Junk Mail folder, so
make sure you check there as well as your inbox).
Turnitin: Submitting Your Work (6/6)
A full receipt, including an image of the first page of your
work and information about your submission, is available
online from Turnitin using the Print/Download icon at the
bottom of your Originality Report or e-Feedback sheet).
Please download this before the end of the academic year if you
would like to keep a copy
Originality Checking
Turnitin: Originality Checking
To check your ‘Originality Report’, go back to the Turnitin assignment and
click on the ‘View/Complete’. It may take up to 24 hours to generate the
Click on the % link to open your Originality Report..
Do not click View Button
Click % for Originality Report
(for e-Feedback only and only
when blue)
What does my Originality Report mean?
Watch the short video from Oxford Brookes:
Access the guide from the Turnitin Support
page, which contains advice on interpreting
Originality Reports, e.g. quotes.
Ask your tutor for advice if you are still not
EDIT THIS SLIDE: Let students know
if they will see the Originality Report for
final submission
Help and Support
Turnitin: Need More Help?
Student guide to using Turnitin
Can be found from the University Turnitin web pages:
Additional information on your Module/Programme Blackboard;
Technical help using Turnitin:
Visit / contact the i-zone in the first instance, or contact your
Module/Programme tutor.

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