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Date: Sunday, 25 February 2018, 3:47 PM


Plagiarism is using another person's ideas and words without clearly acknowledging the source of the information.

At South Metropolitan TAFE (or any educational institution) it is not acceptable to submit an assessment that is based on another person’s work and claim it as your own.

All of the following are considered plagiarism:

  • turning in someone else's work as your own
  • copying words or ideas from someone else without giving credit
  • failing to put a quotation in quotation marks
  • giving incorrect information about the source of a quotation
  • changing words but copying the sentence structure of a source without giving credit
  • copying so many words from a source that it makes up the majority of your work, whether you give credit or not.

As a general rule of thumb, whenever you refer to any source for ideas or information, whether you paraphrase or quote it, reference that source.

It is a good idea to always record the bibliographic details for every publication you use when preparing an assignment. A high percentage of copied material can mean that the assignment will be subject to plagiarism, unless the parts copied are correctly referenced - in quotes with a reference in brackets at the end.

To avoid plagiarism you need to reference. There are guides in the Library and you can ask your lecturer for help with this as well.

Example: “Intelligence, the ability to “adapt oneself to the vagaries of a changing and uncertain environment” (Sternberg, 1981, p.16).

Using Turnitin

Turnitin is a tool that is used to ensure the integrity of your work. It checks for material copied from the Internet and from other students. You can check your Turnitin report when it is produced. Depending on the demand this can take up to 24 hours, but usually takes much less time.

Please note that an assignment with many quotes, even when correctly referenced, may receive a low grade as it does not show that the writer has understood the material, merely that they can use a search engine and copy and paste.

Remember the 10% rule!

NOTE:When you submit your file to Turnitin DO NOT include an Assignment Cover Sheet OR the reference list.
If included, Turnitin will report this as copied material, unless your lecturer has configured the assignment to ignore bibliographies.

How to submit your assignment

Submitting an assignment using Turnitin is the same as any normal assignment. 

Ask your lecturer how they wish you to submit as some lecturers will only allow you to submit once, where other lecturers will allow you to view your Turnitin originality report immediately so that you can edit your work before officially submitting. 

Click [Add Submission] and drag & drop your document into the window provided or choose it using the Add file icon. Once selected click [Save changes].

ImportantNOTE: using [Add submission] uploads your work only - it does not mean you have submitted it for marking. It will not be submitted for marking until you [Submit assignment]

You will see your submission status like this:

Student has uploaded their work

The time it takes for Turnitin to process to report will vary on server traffic. This can take between 5 minutes to an hour.

You will NOT be notified when the originality report is available, you will need to check back to see if report is complete

When you check to see if the report is finished, this is what it will look like:

Percentage given from report

Click on the Turnitin Icon or coloured rectangle to view your originality report. Check that every area that has been matched is also correctly referenced. Don't forget the Library Reference Guide if you need help on how to do this.

You can use [Edit submission] to upload an edited attempt.  If you are satisfied everything is correctly referenced, click [Submit Assignment] to submit it for marking by your lecturer.

NOTE: Once you agree to the Submission Statement and click [Submit] this is an attempt used!

You will be required to accept the conditions of assessment:



You must click "Submit Assignment" to officially submit the document. After clicking this you will be prompted to accept a Student Declaration (as shown).

DO NOT click "Submit Assignment" if you have not finished editing your work. Once submit is clicked this is your 1st attempt used.

Your Originality Report

Once you receive your report you can either continue to submit it for marking, or decide what you need to change, edit your original and [Edit submission] to upload the modified assignment.

Remember, your report should find matches on the Internet if you are writing about anything that contains factual information. This means your originality score should not be 0% as that would mean you had not used any recognized sources for your work. A match is only a bad thing where you have not correctly referenced where you sourced the information from or if the majority of your work is referenced, meaning you have added no interpretation or opinion of your own.

The report will highlight in different colours those passages that it has matched on the Internet, in published journals or found already submitted by another student. On the right side column, the sources of the copied material are listed (colour coded to match the highlighted text). Note that Turnitin may match a passage to more than one website as information may be replicated on multiple websites. This means it may flag a section of your work as matching a website you have never visited. What is vital is that you have properly referenced where you have got the information from. Do NOT change your references to match the first site Turnitin locates it on - always reference correctly. You can ask your lecturer for help with this. 

Turnitin Report

If you want to compare your text with the matching source you can click on the highlighted passage or on the source listed in the right-hand column. The passage highlighted in red gives no indication of a source but matches a published text. (see circled figure.) This needs to be either paraphrased or changed into a quotation by adding quotation marks and appropriate in-text reference.

Turnitin Report 2

You can also click on “full source text” in order to see the entire article that has the matching phrase or look at it in its original online format.

Turnitin Report 3

Print, download, change

If your Originality Report indicated you have copied material from published sources that haven't been referenced correctly you have an opportunity to print and/or download the report and make the necessary changes by paraphrasing and referencing the original texts.

Turnitin Report 4

Please note: Most units will allow students to upload their assignments to Turnitin multiple times prior to the final submission date. You should use this opportunity by submitting your work well in advance of the assignment due date so that you have a chance to correct and change any passages that have been matched. Then you can re-upload as often as it takes to recheck all work is either paraphrased or referenced correctly.

In some (particularly Higher Education) courses lecturers will only allow you to see the Originality report after you have done your final submission. In these cases you may have no opportunity to correct your work. Your conditions of assessment should explain this for you.