TurnitinUK: Plagiarism Detection Software

What is TurnitinUK?

It’s a plugin in Moodle that is used by lecturers to check your work for plagiarism and also, to provide feedback online. Your tutors create TurnitinUK submission boxes on a Moodle module site and you have to submit your assignment through it.

What will it do?

The software checks your work against sources on the Internet and documents stored on the TurnitinUK database. It creates an ‘Originality Report’ so that it is possible for your tutor to see what percentage of your assignment is unoriginal content along with the original source to ensure that references are correct. The software keeps a copy of your work for the sole purpose of checking against future submissions by others.

Who will have access to my work?

Your module tutor and any other staff who have the responsibility of assessing you. Other Roehampton staff will be able to view your work if work submitted in one module is found to have similarities with work submitted on another module. Requests may be made to view an anonymised copy of your work by other institutions subscribing to the software if they suspect plagiarism.

Will this be final proof that I have plagiarised?

No. If similarities are found between your work and any other work, your tutor will base any decisions on whether you have plagiarised on University regulations to determine whether you should be penalised and whether further action should be taken.

Can I check my assignment for similarities before I submit to my module submission box?

Yes. You can go to the Turnitin Student Support site on Moodle and submit your assignment there first. This area has been created to allow students to use TurnitinUK as a learning tool outside of your module sites.

How to submit a paper to check for plagiarism?

Please see the Turnitin Student Support site on Moodle for advice.


If you need further help or assistance with using TurnitinUK, you can contact the eLearning Services team in the following ways:

  • Visit the Moodle desk in room 217 in the library (the Green Room) between 12-2pm on weekdays
  • Call the Moodle helpdesk on 020 8392 5006 between 9-10am, 12-2pm & 4-5pm on weekdays
  • Submit a query through Virtual Librarian

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