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What is Turnitin?

Turnitin is a web-based electronic system designed to locate and report similarities between the form and content of student assignments and other material. When a student’s work is submitted to the site, advanced search technology checks it against current and archived internet content. It also matches submissions against a database containing millions of past and current assignments by other students at thousands of institutions in more than eighty countries.

Turnitin marks a significant advance in the University’s detection of academic plagiarism, but is also used to help students to improve their knowledge of academic citation and referencing so that they can learn and develop these practices in their own work.