Answered By: Monique Ritchie
Last Updated: 20 Aug, 2015     Views: 214

Not exactly. Turnitin is used at Brunel by some academic staff as a tool to help them review student work. Plagiarism detection is something that can only be done by an academic expert such as an examiner or thesis supervisor, which can sometimes be made easier with the help of tools like Turnitin.

Turnitin provides a factual 'originality report' on the percentage of matched content in your work to a range of sources in its database, including other published sources, previously submitted content and online sources.

It can also be used in combination with academic judgment to find evidence of plagiarism or other types of academic misconduct. However, a high percentage of matches does not indicate plagiarism, and can occur for a number of reasons, e.g. where it contains a high proportion of jargon.

A Turnitin report can also help identify when work has not been correctly quoted or cited and which may indicate a need to improve referencing skills.

Students do not have access to Turnitin at the University. Academic staff at Brunel can use Turnitin to check student for work submitted electronically via Blackboard Learn using a plug-in enabled by the Learning Technology Team (LTT). It may also be possible for academic staff to check work through an individual account which must be authorised and obtained from Registry. For information go to Plagiarism and referencing linked below.

The CheckIt service uses Turnitin to review the full and final version of postgraduate research theses only before submission. CheckIt is not able to review any other work.

This has a dual purpose. For supervisors, the originality report can be used as a tool to highlight academic practice issues which need to be addressed if any, e.g. poor referencing, but is also carried out to check for potential copyright issues which may occur when the thesis is archived in BURA, the University's online research archive. Some theses may contain published content from a student's own publications, which is not always possible to include in the archived version, and if so these can be excluded and you will be advised to submit these separately when you bring the thesis to the Library for deposit in BURA post-award.

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