Turnitin for students

When you undertake academic study, it is important to make clear what is your own work and what you have copied or adapted from other sources. Appropriate acknowledgement of the work and ideas of others is fundamental to the core value of academic integrity and honesty. Correct citation allows your readers to follow up the sources you have referred to, so proper citation is an important part of scholarly investigation and the sharing of ideas. Learning how to write and reference well takes practice.

This site shows you how to use Turnitin. It also provides you with information about correct citations and where you can find more help with your academic writing.

What does Turnitin do?

Turnitin scans your work against other sources in its database looking for matching text. It can help you and your lecturer identify where your information comes from and to check your citations. This information may suggest that your work has been plagiarised.

To find out more about Turnitin at the University of Melbourne; plagiarism, and, how to avoid plagiarism, check the information below:

For more information about Turnitin go to www.turnitin.com or contact the LMS Academic and Learning Systems Support team.

  • Turnitin in the LMS

    Most classes using Turnitin at the University of Melbourne will be setting assignments within the Learning Management System. Note that not all assignments set within the LMS will be Turnitin submissions.

    Instructions for submitting your assignment within the LMS can be found at:

  • Turnitin Originality Reports

    Turnitin is text-matching software. It cannot make a judgement about whether your assignment is plagiarised. It is the lecturer in charge of your subject who determines the quality of the originality report and assesses whether parts identified by Turnitin as non-original may be reasonably considered as plagiarism.

    Turnitin scans your paper against the electronic journals in the Proquest database, the Internet, other papers submitted by your classmates for this assignment, as well as all papers submitted into Turnitin since 1998 by students attending Universities and Colleges throughout the world, including most of the universities in Australia.

    To view a sample originality report and how it works check out the video on the Turnitin website.

    If you have any questions regarding these reports please discuss these with your lecturer or contact the LMS Academic and Learning Systems Support team.

Contact us: Direct all Turnitin queries to the LMS Academic and Learning Systems Support team.