26. Turnitin: Who’s Who and What’s What

Turnitin is an online text matching system that can be used to help with the identification of potential plagiarism in electronically submitted student work. It can also be used in a formative way, for tutors to help students develop their academic writing and citation skills.

Watch out for news, training opportunities and support materials announced on the OUCS Turnitin Oxford blog.

There are various companies and agencies involved in the provision and support of Turnitin:

Plagarism Advice logo Plagiarism Advice, supported by JISC

Paradigms Turnitin UK logo Paradigms Europe

WebLearn plagarism support logo Plagiarism Support site in WebLearn

Paradigms Turnitin US logo Paradigms USA

Oxford University has a subscription to the UK Turnitin service, so University staff members may use it at no cost to their departments. The licence covers the submission of student papers (essays), submitted under the auspices of a tutor or supervisor. It does not include postgraduate students or academics submitting their own research papers or articles. Oxford University Computing Services (OUCS) manages the service and creates instructor accounts on request (send email to turnitin@oucs.ox.ac. uk). OUCS offers lunch time training sessions for staff members (bookings) and guidance is available within WebLearn on the Plagiarism Support site.

Diagram of work flow for Originality Check, Grade Mark, Peer Mark

The WebLearn Assignments tool has an integration feature with Turnitin, which means that students do not require any additional passwords or instructions on how to submit their assignments.

Besides text matching (called "Originality Check"), Turnitin also offers PeerMark (peer reviewing and feedback) and GradeMark (electronic comments, both standardised and customised).

Oxford University has a 10% licence to pilot PeerMark and GradeMark. If you are interested in exploring these features, please send an email to weblearn@oucs.ox.ac.uk.

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