Many students unintentionally plagiarise sources by paraphrasing poorly or referencing incorrectly. You can check your work before submitting it by submitting a draft to Turnitin (text-matching software).
It is important to understand that Turnitin is text-matching software, not plagiarism-detecting software. Turnitin compares submitted documents against an archive of digital documents, scholastic and news databases, articles and previously submitted papers. A report is then generated where all matched text is highlighted and linked to an online source. It is important to check this properly, as not everything that Turnitin matches indicates plagiarism.
Matches that do not indicate plagiarism include:
- In-text references and citations in your reference list
- Direct quotes (provided it is referenced and enclosed in quotation marks)
- Common headings and titles
- Your assignment question, topic name and number, or other topic-specific identifying information
- Common phrases and terminology within your discipline
- Common or generic sentences such as ‘there are many benefits to the program’.
You can submit a draft through the Turnitin DRAFT submission box on your topic’s FLO page. Submitting your work through the draft submission box will generate a report for you, allowing you to make changes to your assignment before handing in your final version. Information on how to interpret the text-matching report can be found on the Academic Integrity FLO page.
If you have any difficulties using the text-matching software on FLO, you can find help and information on the Academic Integrity FLO page, or you can contact the FLO Student Helpdesk.