Turnitin is a plagiarism detection software that can be accessed through Moodle to check students’ work for plagiarism.
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The Turnitin software used at Turnitin.com is already integrated into Moodle. As a student, you can only access it once your lecturer has set up a Turnitin Assignment Submission within the module area in Moodle.
If you experience any problems with submitting assignments to Turnitin, please contact the eLearning helpdesk via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or via phone at 051 834114.
There is no need to sign up for a separate Turnitin account as you automatically have an account when you are assigned a lecturer to a module in Moodle.
If the lecturer selected Use repository when setting up the assignment, then the assignment will be part of the Turnitin database. This is necessary if you want other assignments to be compared to this assignment. Please note that the copyright for the assignment still rests with the author.
Your students can access Turnitin via the assignment area that you have set up for them in Moodle. Students cannot get access to Turnitin if you did not set up any assignment for them in the module area in Moodle.
It takes approximately one hour to check for an assignment when first uploaded. Please note that results may be returned quicker than one hour depending on the volume of users.
An Assignment that receives a high similarity rating indicates that the data contained within the assignment is similar to other sources (books, other assignments submitted worldwide, websites, databases, etc) checked by Turnitin.
If the lecturer selected the option to check against newspaper articles and books when setting up the assignment, then the assignments will be checked against newspaper articles and books that are available online.
This site provides extensive detail on originality reports and how they can be interpreted by staff and students: https://guides.turnitin.com/01_Manuals_and_Guides/Instructor_Guides/Turnitin_Classic_(Deprecated)/Interpreting_the_Similarity_Report
Detailed instructions for using Turnitin can be found in this training manual.
Please email the helpdesk at email@example.com or call 051-834114 if you would like have any specific questions about Turnitin or attend one of our drop-in or specialised training sessions.