The TurnitinUK Plagiarism Detection Service is a tool which can help you to reference your material correctly when you write a course assignment, paper or dissertation.
Your tutor may ask you to submit your work electronically to the TurnitinUK service in order to check for plagiarism (submission to TurnitinUK is usually through a link in your Blackboard course). Your tutor can also submit your work to the system themselves should they wish to do so (for instance if you have handed in an electronic copy of your work through some other method)
Once your work has been submitted, the TurnitinUK service produces an ‘Originality Report’ which highlights any matches between your work and text found in millions of online articles and webpages. Your tutor may or may not allow you to view these originality reports (the tutor decides this on a per-assignment basis).
TurnitinUK is currently only available for you to use if your tutor decides that they will use it in their Blackboard course. There is currently no service for you to self-check your work without it first being configured by the tutor.
Help with usage
The following guides provide instructions on some of the main things you will need to do in Turnitin:
Submitting an assignment and accessing feedback – This step-by-step guide will walk you through the process of submitting your assignment to TurnitinUK. Make sure you follow this guide carefully, and most importantly be sure to make a note of the Receipt ID for your submission. This is your proof that you successfully submitted your assignment. This guide also explains how to access feedback in the event that your tutor has used GradeMark to mark submissions online.
Checking information about a Turnitin assignment – This step-by-step guide will walk you through the process of finding about more information about your Turnitin assignment. This can include things like whether late submissions are allowed, and whether you are allowed to re-submit work after your first submission.
Viewing rubrics attached to a Turnitin assignment – This step-by-step guide will walk you through how to view a rubric attached to a Turnitin assignment. Note not all tutors will use Turnitin rubrics, so this guide may not apply to every submission link you use.
Plagiarism course in Blackboard
If you would like to find out more about plagiarism, and how to avoid it, you can do so by logging into Blackboard and browsing to the Study Skills Toolkit which should appear in your list of courses. Click on Academic Writing in the left hand menu and then scroll down to find the plagiarism links.