Turnitin and Academic Integrity
Students at SCU are asked to submit their assignments for similarity checking using Turnitin. Accessed via unit Blackboard sites, Turnitin is a web-based text-matching system that compares your submission to sources held in its repository. The Turnitin repository is updated every day and contains:
- student papers submitted at SCU and universities around the world that use Turnitin
- internet pages
- online books
- journal articles
- conference papers.
Turnitin cannot detect plagiarism. Instead, it detects ‘matched-text’, or text your submission shares with sources held in its repository. Even so, the Similarity Report contains useful information about your writing, and is a great editing tool.
View a step-by step summary of the SCU Academic Misconduct Investigation Process.
Use Turnitin as a learning tool
Markers do check Similarity Reports while grading assignments. However, at SCU the focus is on students using Turnitin as an editing tool, to improve how they have used sources in their writing before the marker sees their work. This means:
- submitting a good draft for similarity checking so the report contains useful information
- systemically checking every highlighted section in the report where you have used sources
- editing and fixing any problematic sections then re-submitting your assignment for grading.
Using the Similarity Report as an editing tool can help you to use sources effectively, practice academic integrity, and avoid losing ‘easy marks’.
Turnitin for Students
While studying at SCU it is likely you will be asked to submit your work for similarity checking using Turnitin.
Turnitin is located on your unit Blackboard sites.
To submit work to Turnitin:
- Log onto MySCU and onto the relevant unit Blackboard learning site.
- Once on your unit site scroll down the left side of the screen until you see the ‘Assessment’ heading. Click on the button titled ‘Assessment and Task Submission’. You should find the Turnitin drop-box in this area.
One this screen click on the ‘View/Complete’ link for the relevant Turnitin drop-box.
- One the next screen, the first two fields will be filled in with your first and second name. You need to fill in the next field ‘Submission Title’. The title will only show on the Similarity Report.
- Scroll down the screen and you will see the Originality Declaration. Carefully read this section. By submitting your work through the drop box you are declaring that you have read and understood SCU policy about academic misconduct, and that you are submitting ‘entirely your own work’.
Submitting your own work means drawing upon credible, current sources to generate your own answer to the question, argument, or solution.
It also means:
- You have put in the effort expected
- You have mainly put sources into your own words (paraphrased)
- If you have used quotes they are correctly formatted and referenced
- You clearly show where your work ends and others’ work begins (usually via referencing).
A pop will appear that lets you see your computer. Click on the area where your file is located (e.g. a USB, in Documents or Desktop). Then click the relevant folder or file, then the ‘open’ button at the bottom right corner of your screen.
Click on the big blue ‘Upload’ button at the bottom left corner of the screen.
This will take you back to the Class Home Page where your Similarity Report will show as a percentage and coloured icon. It will take 2-5 minutes for the report to be available the first 3 times you submit through the drop box, and up to 24hours for any subsequent submissions.
Click on either the percentage of coloured icon to open your Similarity Report in the online browser.
Academic Integrity Resources
- The Academic Skills Quick Guides containing PDFs about Avoiding Plagiarism and Academic Misconduct to assist you further.
Avoiding Plagiarism (PDF Downloads)
Academic Misconduct (PDF Downloads)
Turnitin Resources in the SCU Service Centre
Step 1: In MySCU click on the blue question mark icon to the right of your page to access the support modal.
Step 2: From the list/buttons referring to topics at the top of the support modal choose All About Assignments.
Step 3: Now from the secondary list titled How do I? choose Turnitin Assignments.
* Turnitin information for staff can be found on the Teaching with Technology website under Academic Integrity.