Turnitin guides for students
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What is it?

Turnitin handles online submission of student work, checks it for similarity with other student submissions, publications and online content, and provides an online marking and feedback platform.

How does it work?

Turnitin submission points are created and accessed in duo module sites. The duo site student details are synched with Turnitin, and marks from Turnitin appear in the duo Grade Centre.

What do you need?

You can access Turnitin from any web-enabled device, but for full functionality we advise using a desktop or laptop. There is also an app available for marking on an iPad.


7 average submissions per taught student in 2017-18Turnitin is licensed for teaching use and can be used in any taught module in duo.  Staff who want to do a similarity review of their research papers are advised to purchase iThenticate.


As Turnitin is hosted outside of Durham, occasionally the service will be taken down for maintenance when University services such as duo are available as normal. The Learning Technologies Team will alert Durham users to planned Turnitin outages. Turnitin also publish a live status feed.

What could it be used for?

Only 9% in 2018 student survey disagreed that online assessments are delivered & managed well
Turnitin is widely used across the University for assessment submission, and markers frequently consult the similarly reports if they suspect plagiarism or collusion. Turnitin’s online marking platform, Feedback Studio, is easily accessible via the Turnitin page and is also used by a large number of University departments.

If you are not currently using Turnitin, you might consider it if…

  • You would like students to better understand originality issues by viewing similarity reports for formative assessments
  • You need a robust way of checking summative assessment originality
  • You would like to mark online, including script annotation and audio feedback


32,599 scripts marked in Turnitin in 2017-18

  • Suspected plagiarism or collusion can be quickly evaluated, and original sources identified
  • Submission, originality checks, feedback and marking can all be done in one place
  • A vibrant UK user community – including an annual users conference often held at the Sage Gateshead

Things to watch

  • Turnitin allows for anonymous marking, but the process needs to be carefully considered (usually at the departmental level) before being implemented for summative assessments
  • Assessments that are not text-based (such as problem sets, code or multi-media presentations) cannot be checked for originality in Turnitin – though you can still use the annotation tools

93% of students who submitted essays online liked it - 2018 surveyContact

The Learning Technologist for your faculty would be happy to discuss using Turnitin with you.

REVIEW DATE: October 2018

PRODUCT: Turnitin and Feedback Studio