Planned downtime for Turnitin on 11 October 2014

The Turnitin service may be intermittently unavailable during a scheduled maintenance period on Saturday, 11 October 2014, from 15:00 to 19:00 BST.

An announcement will appear for users within Turnitin in advance of when the system will be unavailable for this scheduled maintenance. This maintenance will affect Turnitin and TurnitinUK users.

Instructors are encouraged to modify assignment due dates either before or at least several hours after the scheduled maintenance window.

Thank you for working with us as we improve Turnitin.

The Turnitin Team

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Newcastle conference highlights

The Turnitin Academy provides a link to various highlights of the 6th Integrity and Plagiarism Conference held in Newcastle-upon-Tyne from 16-18 June 2014. The highlights include extensive blog posts and a summary of social media activity.


The same newsletter also include details of the Educator Spotlight, and links to a collection of recorded webcasts on a variety of topics to do with plagiarism and academic writing.

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Turnitin to end support for Internet Explorer 8

Starting July 1, 2014, Turnitin will no longer support Internet Explorer (IE8) browsers and we will no longer test or fix features and bugs found in Internet Explorer 8. This does not mean that Turnitin will immediately stop working in IE8, however we will be employing more modern browser capabilities such as HTML 5 that do not work with IE8.

We recommend that Internet Explorer 8 users upgrade or move to a current version of one of these free, supported industry standard browsers:

- Chrome:

- Firefox:

- Safari:

- Internet Explorer 9:

This was originally announced in December 2013 and notifications for users accessing Turnitin in IE8 have been notified upon logging in.

At Turnitin, we are continually improving the experience of providing rich feedback on student work. With this change Turnitin will be able to move forward towards full compatibility with the touchscreen capabilities of browsers for document interaction (leaving marks and comments).


The Turnitin Product Team

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The Turnitin newly released teaching tools – share rubrics and lesson plans


Recently Turnitin released ‘Teaching Tools’ which allow you to view and adapt public rubrics (assessment criteria) in different subjects to suit the disciplines that you teach.  The teaching tools section also has a collection of lesson plans developed by instructors (teachers).  The publicly available rubrics and lesson plans can save time and provide ideas for other instructors.  An instructor can also share their own rubrics and lesson plans via the Teaching Tools page.

With the Teaching Tools, one can grade many more types of student work using GradeMark, e.g. speeches, live demos and performances, projects, lectures, and presentations.

More information is available at:

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Turnitin new features released


In March 2014 Turnitin released a number of new features:

  • Class Tagging : allows Turnitin to compile useful data about classes that will be used for Turnitin analytics in the future
  • Import Rubrics from Excel into GradeMark
  • View Roadmap and Release Notes: enables you to see the notes for past, current and future releases. You can also access the Turnitin UserVoice forum to provide feedback and vote on suggestions made by other users.

This information is taken from Turnitin news where you can find further details.

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Interpreting Originality Reports from Turnitin

Interpreting the originality reports that are generated from Turnitin is an art, and requires some insight into the subject matter, the nature of the assessment task that was set, and the usual writing style and language skills of the student.


There are two key issues:

  1. There is no ‘magic number’, i.e. although the similarity score is colour coded red-amber-blue-green, there is no magic threshold below which we can assume that all is in order, or above which we can suspect that plagiarism may have occurred. For various reasons, it is possible for an essay to yield a fairly high score and be simply in need of remediation, or conversely to yield a low score with text matches artificially ‘engineered out’.
  2. No matter what the Turnitin score shows, the software is simply a text matching tool, and not a ‘plagiarism detection’ device. Expert human intervention and judgement is need to investigate and interpret the similarity score.

IT Services offers the following interventions to support academics and administrators in managing the use of Turnitin and interpreting the originality reports:

Please make use of the available channels for discussion and support.

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The impact of plagiarism prevention and online grading in Higher Education


Note: the information is provided by Turnitin:

Turnitin released a report that examines Turnitin’s efficacy in higher education institutions in helping to reduce plagiarism in student writing, facilitate paperless submission of documents and allow instructors to provide feedback to students digitally. The study shows that schools using Turnitin reduced unoriginal writing by 39 percent and that the number of papers graded digitally increased 100-fold over the five-year study.

Download the full report.

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Turnitin supports text matching in 30 different languages

The following information is provided on the Turnitin Help website:

Papers can now be submitted to Turnitin in the following 30 languages: Chinese (simplified and traditional), Japanese, Thai, Korean, Catalan, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Norwegian (Bokmal, Nynorsk), Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Serbian, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, Arabic, Greek, Hebrew, Farsi, Russian, and Turkish. Please note that Turnitin will match text between text of the same language. Therefore, there will be no matches to “translated” papers (unless your institution purchases this additional feature).


What does this mean?
A paper submitted in Spanish text is checked against the Turnitin Spanish text database which contains Spanish language papers and crawled Spanish language webpages.  If a paper is submitted in English (translated from Spanish), then it will be checked against the English database (not the Spanish database). Therefore there will be little to no matches to the original paper submitted in Spanish.
Also note, because our system is based on text character matching, if a paper is submitted as an image or copied from an image (ex. Google Books), the image does not register as text.  A match would not be detected since an image of text is not the same as actual text

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New from Turnitin – submit from the Cloud and Dropbox

News from Turnitin:

“Cloud Submit allows users to submit files to Turnitin assignments from Google Drive™ and Dropbox—two of the most widely used document storage services.”

Read more about it:

Watch a Demo Video:

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Turnitin Originality Reports not appearing in WebLearn

Have you experienced the problem that students submit their assignments in WebLearn, but red alert messages appear and the originality reports are never returned in WebLearn?

WebLearn is integrated with the external Turnitin service ( Classes and assignments are created behind the scenes in Turnitin, and student papers are submitted there via the WebLearn Assignments tool. There are three places where a problem may occur with the WebLearn-Turnitin integration, plus other issues to check (see  point 4 below):

  1. Creation of the class in Turnitin – this happens when the WebLearn maintainer creates a new assignment and saves it. If you see a red alert message when trying to save an assignment, do not ignore it! It means that the creation of the corresponding class in Turnitin has failed, and originality reports will not be returned. (See flowchart below as to what to do about it.)
  2. Syncronisation of the class roster between WebLearn and Turnitin – this may fail if there are people in the WebLearn site with external accounts, who have not entered their first name, last name or email address. This may cause all submissions from the site to fail. (See flowchart below as to what to do about it.)
  3. Upload of student papers – if a red alert message appears alongside a single student’s name, the file that they submitted may be too large, or of an unacceptable file type. There may also be problems within a PDF file, such as text embedded as images, or embedded fonts from a package such as LaTeX. (See flowchart below as to what to do about it.)
  4. Other things to check:
  • The title of the WebLearn site must be longer than 5 characters
  • Do not use the ‘Duplicate assignment’ facility in WebLearn – this may cause a problem with duplicate assignment titles in Turnitin
  • Do not use an assignment title previously used in the same WebLearn site – this may cause a problem with duplicate assignment titles in Turnitin

Please see this flowchart for more details about what to do in the above situations:
Turnitin Originality Reports not being generated_flowchart

Contact the WebLearn team at if you have any questions about your particular WebLearn assignment.

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