Did you know that you can now use Turnitin on your assignments before you hand in your work? 

Turn it in is a tool designed to support students and staff in identifying similarities in your work. It does this by checking your work against thousands of journal articles, websites, newspapers and work submitted by students, not just in UOS but all over the country.

How do I use Turnitin?

When you hand in your assignment on Brightspace, you will find an option to submit a draft, this will scan your work and give you feedback on your work. The university learning services have put together a useful guide on how to use Turnitin which can be found here.

How do I understand the feedback given by Turnitin? 

The learning services department have put together a useful guide on how to interpret the feedback provided by Turnitin found here

What is plagiarism? 

Plagiarism is presenting ideas or concepts from other sources without acknowledging the source, passing them off as your own work or referencing properly. 

What is collusion? 

Collusion is where a student uses another student’s work and tries to pass it off as their own work. This can be with or without a student’s knowledge. 

My TurnItIn has a high percentage, does this mean I have plagiarised?

Turnitin does not check for plagiarism but at similarities in your work, so a high score does not necessarily mean you have plagiarised. Many students will be using the same sources of information and the same terms. Whoever is marking your work will be able to distinguish between plagiarism and similarities.  

Additional Support

If you think you are struggling academically or need additional support, the Library holds regular workshops for referencing, academic writing and much more! You can see all the latest workshops here

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