Academic & Student Affairs

TurnitinUK Software

What TurnitinUK does

  • Matches student’s text with:
    • Current websites.
    • Archived websites.
    • Content in various ProQuest databases (including periodicals, newspapers, dissertations, out-of-print books and other scholarly content from over 9000 international publishers).
    • Gale InfoTrac OneFile (indexes of 659 computer journals with full text articles from 354 journals from 1980 onwards).
    • Other student content which has been submitted to the TurnitinUK database (all colleges and universities in the UK subscribe to this service).
  • Saves time.
  • Acts as a deterrent against plagiarism.
  • Can be used as an educational tool to illustrate to students any inadequacies in their approach to paraphasing and citing.

What TurnitinUK CANNOT do

  • Will not match student’s text with:
    • Material which is not available online (eg most textbooks).
    • Online books and journals to which it does not have an access agreement.
    • Other student content which has been submitted to databases from detection software other than TurnitinUK.
    • ‘Original’ essays purchased from essay banks/auction sites etc.
  • Make a judgement as to whether plagiarism has taken place.

Once an assignment has been submitted to the originality checking service an originality report is generated.


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