Turnitin: Supporting staff and students with plagiarism awareness

What is Turnitin?

mag_dictTurnitin is an electronic text matching system that can be used to find text matches between students’ submitted work and existing electronic sources, including extensive databases of electronic articles, other student assignments, and the internet.

It can be used either as an external service, or integrated with the submission of assignments in WebLearn. In both cases, student work is compared with the Turnitin database which grows by 120,000 to 200,000 papers per day.

Access to Turnitin

Staff can access to Turnitin directly via www.turnitinuk.com or via the Assignments tool in WebLearn. Students can access to Turnitin under the auspices of their tutor or supervisor.

Supporting staff to use Turnitin

Staff Turnitin Website

WebLearn site is available to provide information about plagiarism and how to promote academic integrity and plariarism awareness. This site provides a collection of resources for you to find out more about plagiarism and the use of Turnitin.

Turnitin courses (all 1 hour)

Plagiarism: WebLearn and Turnitin
Tue 20 Oct 12:30 – 13:30

Plagiarism: Interpreting Originality Reports using Turnitin
Tue 3 Nov 12:30 – 13:30

Plagiarism: Awareness and avoidance (for students)
Tue 17 Nov 12:30 – 13:30

The Turnitin user group

This is an informal session for staff users of Turnitin to share ideas and practices to inform institutional practice in the use of Turnitin. We endeavour to engage a guest speaker, whenever possible.

Supporting Students in plagiarism awareness

Student support site

Our student support site offers links to basic required information to help students to adopt appropriate academic writing practices. There are also links to additional enrichment materials , including materials from other universities. Students should also be sure to consult their school or department, as well as their tutor or supervisor, particularly for discipline-specific guidelines.

Plagiarism awareness and avoidance course (1 hour)

This one-hour session is aimed at postgraduate students and provides support in learning how to avoid unintentional plagiarism. You will have a chance to put a piece of your own writing through Turnitin and interpret the results. (Note that specialist discipline-specific guidance is not provided)

Online tutorial

An online tutorial recommended by Oxford University. On completion of this online course, students can take a quiz to test their knowledge. Once they pass the quiz and complete the course evaluation form, they will receive a certificate of completion by email.


Contact help@it.ox.ac.uk to be put in  touch with our Turnitin advisors.

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