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What is Turnitin?

Turnitin is a web-based text matching system used by many universities worldwide. Your tutors will usually ask you to submit written work via Turnitin, as this helps to support the development of your academic writing and referencing skills. Turnitin consists of three primary tools:

  1. Similarity text matching. Turnitin compares text against sources to identify matches, and provides a percentage matched against other sources. For the first 4 submissions you make to a Turnitin Assignment, you should get a similarity report coming through within an hour or so, although it could take up to 24 hours. For any further submissions it will take at least 24 hours to return another similarity report and this could be up to 48 hours in peak periods. If the 'Pending' message displays for longer than expected, try opening your submission, as you may find that the originality report has been generated.
  2. Feedback Studio online marking and feedback.
  3. PeerMark peer assessment. Note, only a small number of tutors are using PeerMark, so please check with your tutor if this applies to you.

Note, the Academic Integrity pages explain the University's definition of unfair practice in both written and video format.

Assignments ahead? 

See our Assignment Survival Guide for information about Blackboard and Turnitin assignments. You can also search our Turnitin FAQs below.

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Frequently asked questions about Turnitin

Assignment survival guide

Assignments ahead? Our MyBeckett assignment survival guide contains tips to help get you through your online assignment submissions.‚Äč For all assignments, make sure you check the due date.

Submitting? What to do if MyBeckett / Turnitin is down...

See our guide to system downtime for advice if your assignment deadline is affected.

Your submission

There are two main types of online submission (Blackboard and Turnitin assignments). Your tutors will usually ask you to submit text-based assignments (such as essays) using Turnitin, and large files (such as videos) using Blackboard assignments. We advise that you don't include any personal details in your submission, except for your username.

The two types of submission dropbox have different technical requirements in terms of file type / size / submission process etc. This is what they look like in MyBeckett:

Blackboard assignment

Turnitin assignment

Blackboard assignment guides

Turnitin assignment guides

Which browser?

We recommend you use Google Chrome as your primary web browser. Chrome is a fast browser and is kept up to date by Google, reducing the number and effect of compatibility issues. We always recommend that you use a wired connection when submitting work.

Leave yourself plenty of time to submit your assignments and potentially to contact help or support staff if something goes wrong. The Skills for Learning assignment calculator may help you to work out how long it's going to take you to complete an assignment.

Digital receipts

When you submit a Blackboard or Turnitin assignment, you can see proof that you've submitted.

Marks and feedback

If your tutor is marking / providing feedback online, you can view this once they have released it to you.

Worst case scenario…

If you experience any problems submitting your assignments, see our Blackboard and Turnitin guides for more information.

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