Plagiarism Prevention & Detection : News

Turnitin Powerlink for WebCT now available

A Powerlink is now available in WebCT that allows you to add a Turnitin drop box within a WebCT course. This is straightforward to set up and allows your students to submit their assignments within WebCT for automatic plagiarism checking.

Follow this link for more information about the WebCT PowerLink for Turnitin

Posted: Dec, 2007

Turnitin GradeMark tool now available

GradeMark is Turnitinís digital markup system which gives instructors the ability to edit and grade papers completely online. GradeMark makes it easy to give students valuable critical feedback essential for building quality writing skills. GradeMark lets you insert and edit comments of up to any length in your studentsí papers. It also allows you to associate comments with customisable rubrics (pre-defined comments that you can attach to a student paper) that make it possible to identify, assess, and correct students' writing problems.

To access GradeMark - enter the Assignment Inbox, and click on the GradeMark icon (GradeMark icon) of the paper you wish to evaluate.

For more information about GradeBook go to the GradeMark datasheet PDF document (439 Kb), and the GradeMark New Features PDF document (93 Kb).

Posted: Feb 02, 2007

New Turnitin workbooks, factsheets and FAQs

The Turnitin support materials are an expanding suite of resources. In the last month the eLearn team have been busy producing new materials to support users of the Turnitin service. All documents are provided in PDF format, however if you require MS Word versions for inclusion in your coursebooks or training material please request them from the eLearning Helpdesk.

Workbooks: Two workbooks are now available for download from the Resources page.

Factsheets: There are now 8 factsheets for staff, and 3 for your students. Factsheets are short (1-2 page) documents, with screenshots, which guide you through a specific task. Examples include 'Downloading WebCT Student Assignments: A Guide for Turnitin Users', and 'Enrolling your students'. Factsheets can be downloaded from the Resources and the Resources for Students pages.

FAQs: 30 new Frequently Asked Questions have been posted to the FAQs page. Questions range from the general (What is the University's definition of plagiarism?) to the more specific (How do I exclude quotes from being marked as unoriginal?).

Posted: Mar 31, 2006

Turnitin Workshops for Staff

Dates: Wed 15-Mar-06, 2pm - 4pm ; Thurs 16-Mar-06, 2pm - 4pm.
Venue: Room G4, EUCS Training Suite, 19 Buccleuch Place.

These two-hour workshops for University staff aim to provide a thorough introduction to the Turnitin software. Topics covered include: essay submission (by instructors or by students), Class and Assignment creation, and Originality Reports. 'Integration' with the WebCT Assignments Tool will also be covered. The workshop is suitable for administrative, support and academic staff.

Workshops may be booked via the course bookings channel in MyEd. If you have not already added this channel to MyEd or have not used the MyEd portal, instructions on how to do so can be found at:

Posted: February 14, 2006

Turnitin Demonstrations for Staff

Date: Wednesday 08-Mar-06 - 12:00-12:50 (Introduction); 13:00-13:50 (Intermediate)
Venue: Brenda Moon Room, Main Library

Two back-to-back Turnitin demonstrations are offered for staff. The first 50 minute demonstration (12:00-12:50) is suitable for staff who are not familiar with the Turnitin software. Time will be spent demonstrating how to register for an account with the service, create classes, upload student submissions, and view Originality Reports. Plenty of time has been allowed for questions.

The second demonstration (13:00-13:50) builds on what was covered in the first demonstration, so attendees are welcome to stay for the second session. Topics covered include student use of Turnitin (creating accounts, submitting essays, registering on classes), and creating master classes. Again, plenty of time has been allowed for questions from attendees.

There is no need to book, just come along to either or both of the sessions. We can also arrange a Turnitin demonstration for Schools or Departments, if there is sufficient interest. To discuss such a request please contact

Posted: February 13, 2006

TurnitinUK Winter Upgrade

Plagiarism Detection Service (TurntinUK) will be unavailable on Thursday January 5 between 4pm and 8pm, whilst the system is upgraded. The following new feature will be made available to users: The user type button will have a drop down menu making the ability to switch between user types more fluid and obvious.

Posted: January 4, 2006