Turnitin is a program for checking similarities in texts. Turnitin compares written text to an extensive international database of articles, journals, books, websites, and theses, and looks for similarities between the submitted text and the sources in the database. Turnitin provides a feedback report which includes a similarity index (percentage), which demonstrates how much similarities can be found between the submitted text and the texts in Turnitin databases. By interpreting the report, it can be deduced whether the text has been plagiarised or not.
It is important to remember that similarity does not necessarily mean plagiarism! The percentage is always proportional to the length of the text. Short texts can demonstrate a higher percentage than a longer text. Quotations and reference list (bibliography) are also taken into account in the report, which also increases the similarity percentage. There is no need to aim for zero percent; it may even be impossible to achieve. There is no need to be afraid or nervous about using Turnitin! Turnitin is specifically designed to correct and assist in the writing of scientific text, as well as to expose intentional plagiarism.
Turnitin is integrated into Moodle: teachers use it to review assignments, reports or theses. Students can submit their texts to Turnitin only if the teacher has assigned a specific Turnitin assignment.
Why do you use Turnitin?
- It helps you to write source-based text with your own words.
- It helps you to write academically correct and fluent text.
- The software gives you feedback from the text you write.
- With the report you can be guided to revise your work on time.
- The report also detects plagiarism and checking of all theses ensures equal treatment of students.
Bachelor and master students
Turnitin check will be used in every bachelor's and master's thesis courses. It is mandatory to check theses.
From Moodle you will find the course Turnitin check for the doctoral students, where you can check your texts freely. The course is meant for doctoral students only. There is a self registration to the course. It is possible to check drafts too since you can do the checking multiple times. In technical problems you can contact Opetushelp (opetushelp(at)lut.fi) if needed.
If your doctoral thesis is already going to preliminary examination and the final check is needed before the process, you can ask your supervisor to contact Opetushelp. The supervisor will be added to the course as a teacher so they can see the originality report of the work submitted by the student. The supervisor will verify with the help of the report that will the work be ready for preliminary examination.