What is Turnitin?
   Q:   What is Turnitin?

   A:  
Turnitin is an Internet-based 'originality checking tool' which allows documents to be compared with content on the Internet, in journals and in an archive of previously submitted works. 

It is a formative tool that makes it easy for students to review their citations and referencing as an aid to learning good academic practice.  Student access to Turnitin is now only possible where their module leaders are actively using Turnitin in the module.
 
It enables academics to cross-reference students' work against a number of resources with which they might otherwise not come into contact.  Turnitin is used by 80% of universities in the UK.

Staff and students should be aware that Turnitin is not the only method of checking for originality and other means are readily available.

Further help is available on the DLE  

For further background information on plagiarism see the Student Guide.