Article on using Turnitin to help students avoid plagiarism

This article appears in the latest issue of the journal Research in Learning Technology:
“Is it cheating – or learning the craft of writing? Using Turnitin to help students avoid plagiarism” by Lynne Graham-Matheson and Simon Starr.
The article is open access and can be found here:

The authors conclude that “The originality reports were seen to be very useful in discussions with students, particularly those having problems understanding plagiarism and academic writing requirements. Although the research was set up to assess the extent of the formative use of Turnitin, not its impact, it was clear, particularly from the interviews with academic staff, that Turnitin is a valuable tool in teaching students to understand, and avoid, plagiarism.” (p. 11)

If you have any questions about using Turnitin, you can use the Oxford University Turnitin User Group mailing list to discuss them (send email to

Contact IT Services ( if you require an instructor account to use TurnitinUK direct. Turnitin is integrated with the Assignments tool in WebLearn, which means that you don’t need a separate Turnitin account and students can submit their assignments via WebLearn.

Training offered by IT Services can be found in the courses catalogue ( (under ‘P’ for ’plagiarism’).

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Comments are closed.