Learning Outcomes

  • To be able to explain the difference between formative and summative assessment.
  • To be able to explain the purpose of Turnitin and how it helps you develop your academic writing.
  • To read a similarity report and use it to identify ways to improve your writing.
  • To identify the ways lecturers can provide feedback in Turnitin Feedback Studio.

What is Turnitin?

Turnitin is text similarity checking software used by universities worldwide to educate students about using sources with integrity and to deter plagiarism. This module will explain why assessment is important for learning, how you can use Turnitin’s features to improve your academic writing and make the best use of the feedback your lecturers give you.

Plagiarism is not a trap to avoid — you don’t need to worry about plagiarism if you are aware of how to use sources well and acknowledge them correctly. This module complements the Academic Integrity & Plagiarism module, and we recommend you complete both.

This is not a technical guide to using Turnitin. For technical information on using Turnitin see the excellent guides available on the Turnitin Overview pages.


To navigate through this module, please click on the links in the menu on the right-hand side or if you are using a mobile phone these links will appear below.

Author(s): Emma Scanlan

Last updated: August 2021