What is Turnitin?
Turnitin is a "text matching" software used in many schools and universities.
A learning tool to help students detect plagiarism or copying.
High similarity does not necissarily mean that a student has plagiarized or copied. It could be the students has used too many direct quotations or that he/she has used common phrases or words that aare alwyas used together.
Low similarity does not necissarly mean that plagiarism has not occured. Be sure to check for proper citation/atribution.
Each paper or assignment submitted to Turnitin.com generates an originality report. These reports highlight any matching text between a students' paper and Turnitin's extensive repositories of web pages, periodicals and student papers. It is important to remember matching text does not mean a student has necessarily plagiarized. Turnitin is a tool to alert educators to matching text. Instructors must examine the material and consider the individual assignment, the instructions given and use their own personal judgment.
* The first time work is submitted to Turnitin.com, a report is generated in 10-15 minutes. Any work that is resubmitted may take up to 24 hours to generate a new report.