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Resource for students writing their Extended Essay
Last Updated: Sep 29, 2014 URL: Print Guide Email Alerts

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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.

How Turnitin Plagiarism Prevention Works

Each paper or assignment submitted to 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, a report is generated in 10-15 minutes. Any work that is resubmitted may take up to 24 hours to generate a new report.

Useful Links

  • Tunitin Help Center for Students
    Be sure to use the Turnitin help center if you have questions or need clarification. You are always welcome to ask a librarian or your teacher for help.
  • Student Training Center
    The student training center has lots of videos and links to written instructions on how to use and better understand Turnitin.

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