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Turnitin is a self-assessment tool that will assist you to avoid unintentional plagiarism. A Turnitin assessment is part of the confirmation of candidature process to check for any unintentional plagiarism in your research proposal.

You can also use it to check the chapters of your thesis or exegesis before you submit for examination.

Originality report

Before submitting your research proposal (referred to as an 'assignment' or 'paper' in Turnitin) for approval you should run it through Turnitin to generate an originality report. This report will:

  • highlight matches that exist between your research proposal and other sources;
  • where matches are identified, you should carefully review them against your references to ensure that all matched text has been properly cited; and
  • your report should be discussed with your supervisor(s) and, where necessary, amendments made.

Access to Turnitin

The Turnitin portal for higher degree by research candidates is available from the GRS Turnitin site within Blackboard (ECU’s online learning management system). You can enrol in the site and access the Turnitin portal by following these instructions:

  1. log into Blackboard;
  2. type in 'GRS Turnitin' into the 'Community Site Search' box (located on the lower left-hand side of the page);
  3. click on the arrows next to the site number that appears in the search results and select 'Enrol' from the drop down menu;
  4. Select 'Submit' to confirm your enrolment and then 'OK' to proceed;
  5. Click the 'Turnitin' button on the site menu to access the portal;
  6. Read through the information and click on the 'View/Complete' link under Research Proposal & Thesis Chapters to upload a paper.

Research proposals or thesis chapters can be submitted more than once so that you can review your amendments. Subsequent submissions will overwrite your previous submission so that you only have one 'paper' in the portal at any one time.

Additional support

If you need additional support to understand plagiarism you should consult your supervisor. You may also wish to seek support and advice from your school academic support staff or attend research training workshops on academic writing.

SOAR Centre Ambassadors are able to provide support for referencing and using referencing software, such as EndNote and Mendeley. Book an appointment for assistance.

For assistance accessing the Turnitin portal please contact the Graduate Research School.

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