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?
What can TurnitinUK not do?
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:
If your query is not listed below, please contact TurnitinUK helpline: 0191 6810 200, Option 5, Option 2.
TurnitinUK has been integrated into Canvas VLE. If your modules are on Canvas, you automatically have access to TurnitinUK through Canvas. If your module is not on Canvas (eg. PGR) Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Send the email from your Queen's account, state your job role and School. Please state the purpose of the TurnitinUK account request.
I want to use Turnitin Originality Check formatively in my Undergraduate or Post-graduate Taught Modules what do I need to do?
Speak to the relevant programme co-ordinator and the Director of Education in your School to ensure that you are adhering to School practice and procedures regarding the use of Turnitin.
Setting up an Assignment: view originality report, submit many times TurnitinUK UG PGT Formative Methodology (Word, 456KB)
Turnitin UG and PGT Student Presentation Turnitin ppt for use with UG and PGT students 16-17 originality check only (zip file)
For PhD students, you will need to make a "class" for an individual student.
Turnitin submissions are organised into "Classes" but PhD students all start, finish and submit drafts at different times. Within the PGR set up, a "Class" as it is called in Turnitin acts as a folder which will neatly contain all the submissions from a particular student. Taking 1 or 2 minutes to set up a class will make it easy to navigate to those scripts in the future. You are expected to discuss the report with the student. With one supervisee per class, you can open the submissions with the student alongside you and avoid all risk of displaying information about other students.
Video Tutorials for:
Creating an Opportunity to submit a near final chapter draft (which will not be compared with the early draft)
When you create a class you assign a password (also called a "key") to it. As the class is generated so is the class ID. Once the class has been made it is possible to locate the information within the system. The class ID is listed to the left of the class name and the password can be seen when you edit the class details. Watch this video to see this in detail.
It can take several hours for the Originality report to be generated for a very large file. Originality reports for the first upload of most undergraduate assignments will come through within 10 minutes (don't forget to refresh the screen: F5). If you don't see a report after waiting several hours check the settings for the assignment. The following video goes through the settings needed to generate a report immediately or at the deadline, and how to set it so the student(s) can see it. (n.b. if you have allowed multiple submissions to the same assignment, for an additional upload the student will have to wait 24hrs to get an originality report. Therefore students who upload a second time before the first report has generated automatically have to wait 24 hours).
Other useful links:
If you come across a submission you think contains plagiarism, or if you see a student user whom you do not recognise in the class student list, it is possible to lock the student out of the class but for you to maintain access to the submission. This video gives further details.
Contact email@example.com and provide the following information:
Details of the class the assignment was submitted to, student's name and student number, the title of the paper and the paper ID within the Turnitin system, paper submission receipt.
For students accessing TurnitinUK outside Canvas VLE.
Undergraduate and Post Graduate Taught Assignments
Post Graduate Research Students
Please look at the following information and advice which may help you with a range of Turnitin queries.
If your query is not listed below, please contact TurnitinUK helpline: 0191 6810 200, Option 5, Option 1.
For assignments outside Canvas:
If you have been given a Class ID and Password, you can use this information to set up a Turnitin account. Please watch this video for further details.
If you do not have the Class ID and Password, please contact your tutor.
Your Turnitin username is your Queen's email address. Use the Reset Password button to reset your password. If you are from English, GAP or Social Work you should type your Student Number in the surname field. Please watch this video on how to reset your password.
I have received an email telling me I have been enrolled in a Turnitin Class and asking would I like to create a password what should I do?
You should click on the link to create the password. You will be asked for your email address - you MUST use the email address to which the email was sent.
You will then be asked for your last name.
Look at the email you received from Turnitin. What does it show in this position? Enter this name as it is written. For those in Social Work and Natural and Built Environment, it might be your student number. If it is, enter your student number in the last name field.
Log in to Turnitin www.turnitinuk.com. Click the Enroll in a Class tab and complete the enrolment form.
This video will show you how to upload an assignment.
Check the Start date for the assignment, perhaps it has not opened yet. Most assignments will be set to allow late submissions. If the Due date has passed and you cannot submit contact your School Office or Module Co-ordinator. PGR students should contact their supervisor.
The following files can be uploaded for originality check: Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, WordPerfect, PostScript, PDF, HTML, RTF, OpenOffice (ODT), Hangul (HWP), Google Docs (submitted via the Google Drive submission option).
If "allow any file type" has been selected any file of less than 20MB and under 400 pages in length can be submitted. The paper submitted must contain more than 20 words and must not contain spaces in between every letter.
It will generally take less than one hour for a 2,000-word document and around 4 hours for a 200-page document. These figures are for a first upload to any assignment. If you are allowed to resubmit to the same assignment, then on the second and subsequent uploads it will take 24 hours before you can view a revised report.
The Inbox says that the Similarity/Originality report is not available and when I mouse-over the wording it says that my instructor has chosen not to make it available, but the module co-ordinator told me to look at the report.
In some modules, students will not have access to the originality report and so this will be normal practice. Check the information you have been given in QOL, lectures, handbooks etc. If it is definite that the module co-ordinator/ tutor has told you to view the originality report and it has been set as unavailable to students, then (and only then) you should contact the module co-ordinator and bring this to their attention.
You are asked to confirm and check the text of the assignment during the upload process. Email the instructors of both classes and explain what you have done. Include: details of the class you have submitted to, your name and your student number, the title of the paper and the paper ID within the Turnitin system. You will also need to attach the submission receipts.
I have accessed Turnitin but cannot see all of the fields shown in the videos or slides provided by my school
If you are using an out of date browser, do not have pop-ups enabled for the Turnitin site, or do not have Turnitin added to your "trusted site"s you might experience a few running difficulties. Check the following system requirements to ensure that you are using a supported browser and have the correct settings.
In the Student Computer Centres Internet Explorer and Google Chrome report that there is a problem with www.turnitinuk.com's security certificate. What should I do?
You may choose the option to ignore the message and continue to the site. Or you can use the Firefox browser if you prefer.
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