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Turnitin - student use

What is Turnitin?

Turnitin is a text matching tool that many universities use to identify cases of plagiarism. Many students view it as a fail-safe way to make sure that there is no plagiarism in their work, but this is not the case.

Why can’t I use Turnitin to check my work?

At Imperial, some departments or faculties will allow students to run their work through Turnitin and others will not. Each department will have its own pedagogic reason behind the decision.

Turnitin can be useful for helping identify areas where there has been perhaps poor paraphrasing in a student's work, or to see if there is a match to another source but no citation.

We advise students to take a methodical and consistent approach to citing and referencing sources in their work. Trust in your work and ensure that you have produced it in a way that gives full credit to other people’s endeavours. Developing the underlying skills to reference and cite where and how ideas have developed in your writing is an important part of developing academic writing skills.

A note of caution

Some students decide to use other plagiarism-checking services found on the internet. We strongly urge students not to do this. You may effectively be giving them permission to re-use your work.

Some students use a friend’s Turnitin submission portal, either here at Imperial or at another university. Again, this is not advisable as it can lead to accusations of plagiarism where your work matches work already submitted to the Turnitin database, even if the match is to your own work.