Answered By: Monique Ritchie
Last Updated: 08 Jan, 2015     Views: 495

CheckIt uses Turnitin, plagiarism checking software to generate an originality report for your thesis. A thesis is a substantial piece of work and Turnitin will compare the content in your thesis to content held in a vast database comprising prior submissions from other Turnitin users around the world, published material and other content on the Internet.  It therefore needs some time to process the file and generate results. Reports typically take several hours to be generated, sometimes overnight. When Turnitin's servers are busy, this can delay the process.

Once the report has been generated, the matches are then visually reviewed to discount matches to any of your own published work, standard jargon, etc. This also takes some time, which will take longer depending on the frequency of matches and any other work which needs to be done to identify the source and account for the matches. Any significant matches which need attention or clarification are noted and highlighted in a brief written summary which is sent to you and your principal supervisor to review.

For this reason we advise you to allow as much time as possible for processing your thesis through CheckIt and for addressing any issues found.  CheckIt normally aims to turn around submissions within five working days. Please allow extra time around bank holidays and University closure periods at Christmas and Easter. We would ideally recommend that you submit your thesis to CheckIt, four weeks before your Viva.

To reduce delays, we recommend making sure that all quotations from and references to prior research are correctly marked and cited in the body of the text and in your list of references or bibliography.