Turnitin is the main text-matching software used at the University of York (Safeassign is also available). We offer workshops to staff and students to improve the formative and summative use of Turnitin in the academic writing process. We recommend that departments offer Turnitin workshops for students in tandem with Academic Integrity and Referencing workshops.

Accessing Turnitin

Staff can access Turnitin through their Yorkshare VLE. If you cannot find a Turnitin module in your VLE Module list, email integrity@york.ac.uk to enquire about access.

Turnitin staff workshops

There are two one hour workshops available to staff which run at various dates throughout the year. Also, if departments wish to have a specific workshop for their staff, this can be arranged.

Introduction to Turnitin

The workshop will explain Turnitin's capabilities in assessing the originality of assignments and allow colleagues to view examples of the Originality Reports produced by Turnitin with discussion about how such reports can be interpreted. It will also clarify the approach taken to the use of Turnitin at the University of York, outline the process by which the University manages student access to Turnitin and how staff can use the Turnitin ethically with student groups.

Interpreting Turnitin reports

If staff have the basic understanding of Turnitin, they can attend a more advanced workshop which looks in depth at a using Turnitin to analyse Originality Reports, this will help to highlight common problems with referencing, paraphrasing and secondary referencing that students have.

Turnitin student workshops

All students have the opportunity to access Turnitin text-matching software to help develop writing skills and improve the integration of source material into assignments. In order to gain access to Turnitin students must attend a 1 hour Turnitin workshop (delivered by a trained PGWT) and pass a short test. There are three options:

Department workshops

Departments can contact the Academic Integrity Resource Manager to organise workshops for specific cohorts of students, e.g. all first year year undergrads or all taught postgrads.

Open workshops

Every Wednesday at 12.30pm. Students can sign up for a workshop on the Student Skills Hub or use the Turnitin Training box on the Yorkshare VLE 'Home' tab.

Distance tutorial

If students are registered as a distance learner, there is a Turnitin Tool Distance which should be included in their module list. This option is not available for on-campus students.