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Turnitin: A tool for e-submission and for checking citation/referencing


Thanks to those who came to the session earlier today where we introduced Turnitin as a tool for e-submission AND for checking citation/referencing.  As a refresher, and for those of you that missed the session, I’ve provided the main resources below.

In addition, Turnitin provides online marking, therefore you’ll receive all of your feedback online through the GradeMark feature.

Useful links:

Apologies again for the slight technical difficulties with the Turnitin Originality Reports. Once the server is up and running again, you should be able to return to the ‘Test submission area‘ to view your reports.  If you weren’t at the session today why not have a go at the activity of uploading an assignment to receive an Originality Report yourself.

Please remember, Turnitin is a TEXT-MATCHING tool to facilitate your learning and aid you in checking referencing/citations, it isn’t a plagiarism detection tool.

So, have a look at your reports and if you have any questions post them here as comments and we’ll help each other to provide answers.

Cheryl 🙂


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Using images in your blogs

Images are a great way to liven up your blog posts, but can be a bit of a minefield in terms of knowing what is okay to post.

Here are a couple of blog posts that take you through issues of legal use, attribution, and fair use:

The complete guide to using images in your blog posts

The Principles of Fair Use and Image Usage for Bloggers

A great place for images that you can use in your blogs:

Creative commons search

If you have any other questions on image use, please ask them in a comment below, and I will do my best to find answers as soon as possible.


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Blogging on the MRes

On this course we encourage and expect that you will use a reflective research blog to aid your learning: What you might call an online research journal or diary.

The blog will provide a space for you to reflect on your research journey: the reading you’re undertaking; new ideas and theoretical concepts you’re encountering; your responses to other researchers’ stories ‘from the field’; the relationships you’re building with fellow students or the broader research community; and the seminars and reading groups you attend outside the sessions and course. You can be creative in how you use the blog. There is no prescription, but we will provide tasks each week where will ask you to write on your blog, and read and comment on eachothers.

In Thursday’s induction we will talk to you about blogging in more detail and help you set up your own blog (if you don’t have one already that you’d like to use).

In advance of the Thursday’s induction session we’d like you to read one of the following blog posts about how and why people use blogs as a researcher or research student:

*You might also find this post of collected ‘reasons’ why researchers blog, useful

 Please come prepared to discuss these on Thursday. You might like to think about the following:

  • What do you understand blogging is? What are your previous experiences of blogging (writing or reading others’)?
  • What do you think the benefits are to blogging?  How do you think blogging might help you on this course? What challenges might you encounter?
  • What are your concerns, fears and hopes about blogging?