Introducing Turnitin at WSU


What is Turnitin?


Turnitin is the global leading software for preventing plagiarism and delivering comprehensive feedback on students’ written work. Turnitin consists of three integrated tools: originality checking, online grading and peer review.


Originality Checking


Educators can check students’ work for improper citation or potential plagiarism by comparing it against Turnitin’s expansive content databases. Every Originality Report provides instructors with the opportunity to teach their students proper citation methods as well as to safeguard their institution’s academic integrity.


Online Grading


Turnitin’s online grading tool allows instructors to leave the days of red ink and stacks of papers behind. Turnitin’s drag-and-drop commenting and one-click rubrics are a time-saving alternative to traditional pen-and-paper grading, making it easy for instructors to give students the valuable, time-sensitive feedback that’s so essential in building quality writing skills.


Peer Review


Instructors can create peer review assignments that students use to evaluate and learn from one another’s work. Peer reviews can be assigned as online homework rather than taking precious class time. These assignments provide a unique and valuable framework for students to develop critical thinking and writing skills.


How does Turnitin work?


  • Turnitin will check the originality of your written work, and it will provide you with guidelines where necessary to help you improve your work.
  • Papers submitted to Turnitin are compared against billions of internet documents, archived internet data that is no longer available on the web, a local repository of previously submitted papers and subscription repository of periodicals, journals and publications.
  • Turnitin compiles a comparison document called the Originality report. This report details the percentage of matches or similar text between a submission made on Turnitin and any texts online and in its archive.
  • The higher the percentage of similarities, the greater is the amount of similar text in the submission that came up as matching against information in Turnitin’s repositories. The percentage range runs from 0% to 100%. The percentage is generated by the amount of similar or matching text compared to the number of words in the submission in total.

Librarians to contact:


Mthatha Campus: Ms Bathandiwe Bingwa bbingwa@wsu.ac.za
Butterworth Campus: Mrs Nobuntu Booi nnbooi@wsu.ac.za
Buffalo City Campus: Ms Phumeza Mpambani pmpambani@wsu.ac.za
Queenstown Campus: Mrs Phakama Nontswabu pnontswabu@wsu.ac.za

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