Turnitin Advice for Staff

Information and Advice for Staff

Turnitin Advice for Students

Information and Advice for Students

Information and Advice for Staff

Queen’s University subscribes to an electronic originality checking service, provided by iparadigms called TurnitinUK.

This is an online service which does not require any additional software to be installed on your PC. It contains a database of 45 billion + websites, online articles (including archived material) and student work against which draft and/or final student assignments may be compared. Similarities are matched and academic judgement must then be used to interpret whether the matches in the similarity report are appropriate (properly quoted and cited, or an established term) or inappropriate (inadequately paraphrased not adequately cited).

What can TurnitinUK do?

  • Matches a student’s text with:
    • Current websites.
    • Archived websites.
    • Content from publishers with whom it has partnership agreements.
    • Other student content which has been submitted to the TurnitinUK database (95% 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 paraphrasing and citing.

What can TurnitinUK not do?

  • Will not match a 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.
    • 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.

Please look at the following information and advice for TurnitinUK users accessing Turnitin outside Canvas VLE which may help you with a range of queries.

Useful Turnitin links:

TurnitinUK log in     Turnitin Quick Start Guide    Turnitin FAQ

If your query is not listed below, please contact TurnitinUK helpline: 0191 6810 200, Option 5, Option 2.

Information and Advice for Students

For students accessing TurnitinUK outside Canvas VLE.

Undergraduate and Post Graduate Taught Assignments

  • Procedures around the use of Turnitin at UG and PGT level are set by your School and you should look for information in Programme and Module handbooks, Queen's Online and lecture materials to find out more about how (or if) it is being used in your degree programme.
  • Turnitin is set up for you by your School, in some cases by staff in the School Office in other cases by module co-ordinators.
  • Submission settings, Class IDs and passwords, deadlines and requirements are all under the control of their creator. Therefore this is the person you should contact if you have a query about the settings

Post Graduate Research Students 

  • For PGR students, use of Turnitin should follow the regulation (PGR 7.1.5) and be in accordance with the Guidelines. Under the regulation, Turnitin should be set up by your supervisor.
  • Submission settings, Class IDs and passwords, deadlines and requirements are all under the control of their creator. Therefore this is the person you should contact if you have a query about the settings.

Please look at the following information and advice which may help you with a range of Turnitin queries.

Feedback Studio Student Guide

If your query is not listed below, please contact TurnitinUK helpline: 0191 6810 200, Option 5, Option 1.