Turnitin checks your submitted work for similarities to other academic work in a database. When you upload your work to the Turnitin section of a Blackboard site, you’ll receive an originality report. This gives you an in-depth look at any matching text and other elements like poor citation. The originality report is available to both you and any tutors on the Blackboard site.
Your work is checked against:
- student papers from Sheffield Hallam University,
- the internet and archived copies of websites,
- academic journal articles,
- and student papers from other universities subscribed to Turnitin.
If your work is considered too similarly worded to other academic work, your tutor may give feedback on how to avoid this. If there is a suspicion of intentional plagiarism, you may be called to a Conduct Panel, where your Turnitin Originality Report could be presented as evidence of cheating.
Accurate referencing is a key way to ensure a low similarity score on the report. See the Hallam Library help page on referencing for further guidance.
How do I upload my work to Turnitin?