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Using Turnitin to Prevent Academic Misconduct

What is Turnitin?

Turnitin is a web-based application that provides a number of functions that facilitate online assignment management including collection, marking, and feedback. It is also used to check electronic assignment submissions for 'originality'. It does this by comparing the text of a submitted assignment against text from a wide range of electronic material including journals, websites, and other students' work, including work from many UK universities.

It is most commonly used to assist in the detection of academic misconduct in an assignment after it's been submitted. Turnitin can also be used formatively to help students learn about the importance of good academic practices and good referencing.

What can Turnitin be used for?

Currently, Turnitin is used throughout City to assist in the gathering of evidence to support a charge of academic misconduct via plagiarism or collusion.

Depending on departmental policies, it can also be used in the following ways:

  • Helping students check their own work for correct referencing
  • Managing the collection of electronically submitted assignments
  • Using Grademark, a set of tools within Turnitin, to electronically mark papers in a manner similar to hand marking
  • Scanning research publications to ensure correct referencing

For more information about using Turnitin contact your school or programme.