One of my assignments received a score of 68% plagiarized report. I knew that the work was my own or the parts were accurately cited per standard research principles.
For starters, examine the actual results to see “what is plagiarized.” For example, does your paper include a bibliography that was part of the Turnitin rating? That would increase your score.
Did you use a lot of quotes or titles in your paper? As those will also increase your score. If you have a number of quotes, as long as you have the quotation marks then that would indicate that you had not plagiarized those sections.
Also, see where you supposedly copied from. I was once informed by Turnitin’s report that one of my copied sections was from a student’s paper submitted in Ireland.
If you submitted a draft of your paper previously that would also cause a higher score. Is your submission full of common knowledge? I was once dinged for using the phrase “United, England, and Russia.”
However, if you don’t have any of these types of elements in your paper, you need to see about revising your paper. I’d suggest taking a copy of your paper to either your instructor or if your school has a student services section for providing writing assistance and talk with them.
I’d also suggest working with a writing center to learn how to do appropriate paraphrasing, but remember to still cite the paraphrase.
Be careful about just changing words to get a lower score, or as I refer to as “theasarusizing” your paper. For starters, unless you understand the actual words you switch out, you can change the meaning of your work; also it might be considered in the worst case as an attempt to purposely cheat. I’ve had students attempt this and it reads poorly. Also, you can see what this looks like by using google translate when you translate from English to another language and then back to English. Sometimes you get an accurate translation, sometimes you wonder what google was thinking.
Also, you need to truly admit if you did copy large parts of the paper, people like to self-deceive themselves.
There is only 1 way that this might happen, you already submitted the exact same essay to be reviewed by Turnitin. Either 1) you have access to Turnitin and submitted it for review prior to turning it in to your teacher, in which case you have sufficient admin access to your first submission to fix your oversight, or 2) you already submitted it to another class and have broken the “self-plagiarism” rule.
So, in short, you either have access to Turnitin and can fix your mistake or you plagiarized the document.
That depends entirely on the settings your instructor set either within the LMS (when it’s routed through a TurnItIn LTI integration) or in configuring the assignment on the TurnItIn site.
It is possible to set a hard deadline (and in that case, no late submissions will be accepted) or to set a deadline but allow late submissions.
Sometimes instructors aren’t familiar with the available settings or simply assigned a deadline and didn’t check into the options for that (or weren’t the ones who set that). Other times instructors have set it that way (not allowing late submissions) on purpose and will only make an exception for a previously approved or rare extenuating circumstance. That’s entirely the instructor’s prerogative; it has little to do with TurnItIn.
Also, the way the TurnItIn interface interacts with an LMS (Canvas, Brightspace, Blackboard, etc.) varies somewhat from one platform to the next depending on those LMS’ options and settings, so that introduces yet another variable. And there have been several iterations of various plug-ins & LTI integrations for various LMS platforms, so it also depends on which one your school’s LMS administrators are utilizing.
So there is no way to give a one-size-fits-all answer here.
If you’re late, you can try submitting your assignment and see if the usual submission utility allows it.
• If it does, good; it’s submitted, but late.
• If it doesn’t, you’ll have to check with your instructor to explore what options, if any, are available.
Usually it takes a few minutes, but at peak time checking a 1000 word assignement may take up to 24 hours (and that’s the main reason why students avoid using Turnitin during exams).
Lea Hi, Teacher, Tutor, Education Advisor
The stuff I found about Turnitin is fairly old; if enough people complained, they might have changed their procedures and I know they were getting a LOT of complaints. However, the info that I could find said that students can ask the instructor to arrange for the document to be deleted. The instructor then has to contact Turnitin and ask for it to be deleted. However, even when it is ‘deleted’ the text strings are still available to be used as search comparisons. What that means is that YOU no longer have the document and the INSTRUCTOR no longer has the document, and the document can no longer be viewed, but if you submit something similar (or someone else does), it will still show up as a match. Your paper becomes part of the Borg…….if you’re not a Star Trek fan, just think ‘bee hive’.
Nita Ostroff, Technical writer/ academic research (2004-present)
While I don’t have specific knowledge of this, I would guess that Turnitin does not have access to proprietary databases maintained by other plagiarism services. It would not be in their interest to give Turnitin access. However, Turnitin does scour the public web, as well as some proprietary information sources, so, I wouldn’t rule out the possibility it may find some of those submissions.
Jerry Lewis, Director of E-learning & Virtual Campus
The actual number Turnitin returns is almost meaningless in most cases. In undergraduate academic writing, it’s almost impossible to avoid using phrases other people have used before. The example I gave my students (I was in charge of academic integrity investigations at a UK medical school for about 20 years) was this. “Imagine I ask you to list the small bones in the wrist. There are 8, in two rows of 4. The logical ways to do it are either clockwise or anti-clockwise, top row then bottom row or bottom row then top row, or alphabetically. That’s 5. The class size is 280. There’s no way you can all do it differently. Does that mean you plagiarized? No! You independently came up with the same list. ”
It’s also possible to get wildly different numbers from Turnitin by changing its settings – how many words in a row counts as a match, what styles of layout count as inindication of quotation etc. An entry in a reference list should match other uses, unless you are the only person every too use that reference, which is unlikely in undergraduate courses.
Some subjects don’t quote much eg medicine. In sciences in general, what matters is what was said, not how it was said. In English Literature, for example, that is most definitely not true.
The basic principle in this: Turnitin does not detect plagiarism. Turnitin detects matching text. Only (for the moment, at least) human beings who know the subject can identify plagiarism.
Pat Harkin, 34 years working for the same medical school. There ought to be a law.
If you can still log into the teachers class where you submitted it, then you may be able to get it. If not, then your only option would be to contact the teacher. Turnitin does not save anything publicly, you can only access your own submissions or (as a teacher) the submissions in your class. Teachers can’t even access submissions from other classes in their institution.
Ian McNaught, Learning Technologist
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