Technology Enhanced Learning


Turnitin is the originality checking software supplied under license from Turnitin UK [external].

We update information on known issues with Turnitin regularly.

  • Submitted work is matched against a database of previously submitted work from every institution which subscribes to Turnitin, (including international institutions); current and archived internet pages and databases of books, journals and periodicals.
  • Turnitin does not detect plagiarism: it is text-matching software which provides an "originality report" on what proportion of a student's submission is original (not matched to other sources) or unoriginal.
  • Turnitin also offers an online marking tool - GradeMark, allowing teachers to add text-based comments and marks to assignments submitted to Turnitin.

For more information about academic integrity and plagiarism please visit the Academic Integrity website.

Information for Students

How do I use Turnitin?

  • The University of Kent has introduced Turnitin to assist in the detection and deterrence of plagiarism. You may be required to submit your assessment work to the Turnitin service. This will involve submitting your work electronically via your Moodle module.
  • Your lecturer will give you information on how to use Turnitin and Moodle in your modules. See also The University Guidelines for Using Turnitin and Understanding the Originality Report.
  • The first time you try to submit in Turnitin, you will be asked to read and sign the user agreement. The button to agree appears off screen in Firefox. You can either:
    • use a different browser to sign the agreement; you only have to sign it once, and may then use any browser to submit your work.
    • zoom outL hold the ctrl key and press - once or twice to zoom out and reveal the button, then hold ctrl and press + the same number of times to return to the standard zoom level.
  • If you experience any technical difficulties submitting to Turnitin, please contact your School's administration team for advice on how to go about making a submission.

Student User Guides

Accessing Turnitin inboxes on Moodle 2013 or earlier

Earlier instances of Moodle (Moodle Archive, 2012 and 2013) use an earlier version of the Turnitin plugin. Please refer to the following documents in order to access Turnitin inboxes on previous versions of Moodle.


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Last Updated: 19/05/2017

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