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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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A short post on referencing

In your assignments you will be expected to cite and reference literature correctly. Correctly acknowledging someone else’s work – and words – is part of academic protocol. It helps to locate your work within a field and show your awareness of a research topic. It is also essential in avoiding being accused of plagiarism.

Students are expected to use this both within their formal assignments and the weekly writing activities, including online reflective blogs, discussion posts and so on. The sooner you start using this, the easier it will be when it comes to your assignments.

In this course, as with other courses across the university, you should use MMU Harvard referencing style. Guidance on this can be found here: mmuharvardref guide . We encourage students to read this carefully as soon as possible.

Throughout the course there will be a number of opportunities for students to familiarise themselves with referencing protocol.  This includes:

  • After the  ‘Core Design’ session in week 2 (Tuesday 1th October),  there will be an additional training session with Nicola Whitton and Cheryl Dunleavy at 1.30-2.30 pm in Birley 2.3 (ICT room 3) which will introduce students to assessment technology  (‘Turn It In’)
  • In week three of ‘Core Design’ (Tuesday 8th October), we will discuss the role of the literature review in research design and your research proposal. This will include a discussion of correctly citing and referencing work.
  • After the  ‘Core Design’ session in week 3 (Tuesday 8th October),  there will be an additional training session  at 1.30-3pm in in Birley 2.3 (ICT room 3) with Emily Shields of the Library on Endnote – a software package which can assist you will keeping an annotated bibliography and citing and referencing literature correctly.