Support academic integrity and good writing practice
The Turnitin plagiarism screening service identifies pieces of text in students' work that match with existing electronic texts stored in numerous rapidly-expanding repositories and databases. Academic judgement is required when interpreting the resulting similarity report – there may be an acceptable explanation for high (or low) levels of matching text identified by the software.
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- Formative use: Turnitin is integrated with the Canvas Assignments tool to screen formative essays. Students submit their essay to Canvas, and tutors and supervisors can provide feedback using the Canvas SpeedGrader. It is advisable to work with students to interpret their Turnitin similarity reports in order to support them in improving their academic writing and referencing skills.
- Summative use: Turnitin Similarity (a scaled-down version of Turnitin) is integrated with the Inspera e-assessment platform for screening examinations and summative coursework. It is important that exam boards should agree a consistent approach to reviewing similarity reports whether marking in Inspera or offline.
Support in using Turnitin
- Resources about using the full version of Turnitin via Canvas:
It may sometimes be necessary to use Turnitin directly via the supplier’s website (turnitinuk.com): an administrator may have received a number of student papers that need to be screened, or an exam (or attachments) may have been downloaded from Inspera. Please request a Turnitin instructor account (if you don’t have one already) from email@example.com, providing details of why you require such an account. Instructions on how to enable and use Quick Submit will be sent to you when your instructor account has been created.
App to evaluate the veracity of online news sources
Turnitin has partnered with NewsGuard, an app developed by a Wadham College alumnus to evaluate the credibility of online news sources. Our university-wide licence for Turnitin enables all members of the University to use this app free of charge.
After you have downloaded and installed the NewsGuard app, you will need to email the University’s Turnitin support desk and request an access code which will ensure continued free use as part of Oxford’s paid-for Turnitin licence. Please see details in this blog post.