Description: In the article which centers on turnitin login, the author talks about how to interpret the Turnitin originality report. This is the guidance for students. You can use Turnitin to improve your academic writing. You can get recognition for all the work and the reading you’ve done, you can avoid plagiarism.
This passage will show you how to find your Turnitin originality report and how to use it to improve your academic writing, first of all don’t panic, Turnitin is a tool that can help you get better at academic writing and at referencing, there’s a handout you might want to use which has got these steps described on it, other support is available.
First of all you may want to know how to submit your work to Turnitin, submit your essay by selecting the submission link on the courses Moodle area and follow the instructions that you’ll find inside, when you’ve done that, you’ll receive two confirmation emails, one will come from Moodle and one will come from Turnitin.
To find your Turnitin originality report, go back to that same submission link, if you see it saying Turnitin status pending, the report isn’t ready yet, Turnitin hasn’t generated it, but if it shows a Turnitin ID, a small color block and a percentage number, then it’s ready, you can open your report by clicking on that color block.
This is the main Turnitin screen, you can see the work that you’ve submitted in the large window on the left, you can scroll using the scroll bar through that to see all the pages of your submitted work, make sure that this originality button on the top left is red.
If it’s grey, click on it, on the right you’ll see that percentage number again, here it’s 56%, this is a point at which you must not panic, there are a lot of misconceptions about what this percentage means, it’s not the amount of plagiarism in your piece of work.
Turnitin can’t detect plagiarism, it’s the amount of your work that is matched with another source that it’s found, we’ll discuss what to do about that and whether that’s a problem or not, here’s how Turnitin indicates which parts of your work is matched with another source.
It highlights them in a color, what kinds of sources does Turnitin check against? In order to make these matches it looks at web pages, library catalogs from institutions like universities, academic journals and other publications, it can also check against other submitted student work both within LSE and at other institutions.
Something’s been submitted to Nottingham University, for instance there’s a section that’s been highlighted in green, it’s got the number 5 next to it, we can find out where that’s from, look at number 5 in green on the right, it’s a source called genderads.com.
If you click on that highlighted section in your work, it will bring up a pop-up box which will show you a side-by-side comparison between your work and the source which Turnitin has matched it with, Turnitin may suggest a source which you’ve never come across.
Academic writing gets referenced a lot, for example Turnitin may be matching a recent article which is online whereas you’ve read those words in older print source, to track down where you might have found the words if you hover your cursor over any source listed here, a small arrow will appear.
If you click on that arrow, Turnitin will show you a list of other matching sources, you might recognize one of these as the one you used, that will be very useful if you want to get back to the source, for example to paraphrase it or to give it a correct reference.
For example the largest match here is with Wikipedia, but Turnitin also recognizes that the same words appear on other website, to improve your referencing in your essay you’re looking out for any of these solidly highlighted sections, you also look out for these sections where you have a few phrases highlighted in the paragraph and some gaps looking like missing bricks in a wall.
This could have happened for a number of reasons, you might have copied a few phrases from a source into your notes and copied them back into your essay forgetting that those phrases weren’t in your own words, you might have paraphrased a source.
Do not put it entirely into your own terms, too much of that original phrasing is not allowed, both of those are poor academic practice even if you refer the source of your ideas using those words without putting them into quotation marks which means that you’re taking credit for the wording itself. Any particularly good phrasing you’re claiming is yours.
What should you be doing with these highlighted sections that Turnitin is found? First of all don’t try to clean up your report, that’s very counterproductive, you won’t get any credit for the reading that you’ve done around your subject area, rather we’re going to try and make sure that you have referenced anything that is highlighted properly.
First of all check, for any highlighted section, is there a full proper reference from what’s been taken from another source? Does it appear in the bibliography? Have you referenced it according to departmental conventions? Secondly are any exact words the portions highlighted in quote marks or indented as a paragraph? Have you acknowledged that those phrases have come from another source?
If you’re not sure about this, contact the tutor, somebody in the library or somebody in LSU life who can help you distinguish between appropriate referencing and inappropriate academic practice, if you find you have a highlighted passage which hasn’t been referenced correctly, it’s perfectly possible to fix it.
Place that passage in quotation marks or indent it to show that that precise words came from another source, if you have a few highlighted phrases within a paragraph, you have to decide whether to put the passage entirely into your own words or place those original phrases within quote marks.
In all those examples you need to make sure that you’ve referenced correctly, you use your departmental preferred style, that will probably be putting the source in brackets or a footnote and adding the text of bibliography, someone in your department, the library or LSE life can help.
What if you don’t have any highlighted sections? Does that mean that you haven’t plagiarized? Unfortunately because Turnitin is only a text matching tool, plagiarism is about using the thoughts, writings or inventions of another person as if they are your own asking the LSE plagiarism guidelines.
Turnitin will highlight the phrases that match other sources but it can’t tell if thoughts, ideas or examples have come from you, Turnitin can’t check and know every possible source, it’s still your responsibility to take notes carefully and acknowledge your sources.
If you’d like to download or print your Turnitin originality report possibly in order to discuss it with somebody else, you can do that, there’s a small printer icon on the bottom left corner of the Turnitin screen, if you’d like some more support either with referencing or with academic writing in general, you can turn to your tutors or your academic advisor, you can speak to somebody in LSE life which is based in the library building.
Particularly for referencing support, you can talk directly to library members of staff, referencing is a skill, it takes practice, it means that you can get recognition for all the work and the reading you’ve done, you can avoid plagiarism.