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Turnitin® at the University of Waikato

Turnitin Background

The University of Waikato is committed to upholding the highest degree of academic excellence for students enrolled in all its papers and programmes university-wide.

Turnitin® is an electronic plagiarism detection service which gives lecturers the opportunity to monitor levels of academic integrity for students; where needed provide extra support and instruction in citation, referencing and academic writing techniques; and where needed establish evidence for student disciplinary complaints including plagiarism and other related misconduct matters where needed. Assignments submitted via Moodle or MyWeb can be sent to the Turnitin® software. Documents are checked for levels of academic integrity and a report is produced with a similarity score based on the percentage of text matched against sources within the Turnitin® databases.

Why is The University of Waikato using Turnitin®?

It is important that academic work submitted by students conforms to the Assessment Regulations which state that it is necessary to acknowledge the work of others used in an assessment item through full and accurate referencing.

How to get Referencing Help

If you are unsure on referencing conventions, you should seek help from your lecturer/tutor; on-line library tutorials; or Student Learning Support.

Turnitin Feedback Studio - from July 2016

Feedback Studio is an upgrade to the Turnitin website available at the Unviersity from Monday 4th July 2016. This incorporates the existing Originality Reports and online grading features into one easy to use screen. No functionality is lost, it is just easier to access. If staff allow students to view their Similarity Reports they will also see the new Feedback Studio screen along with any grading and comments provided. You will have the ability to switch back to the Classic report view using a link at the bottom of the report for a few months while you are getting used to the new interface.

To see a sneak preview of Turnitin Feedback Studio you can try their interactive demo. For more information staff can refer to the Turnitin Feedback Studio resource in the Moodle4: Assessment  course.

Staff Support

The ITS Service Desk is the first point of contact for assistance, log a job via the Landesk Self Service Portal. WCEL offer regular workshops and support documentation is available online via the Moodle4: Assessment course or the Turnitin website.

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