Technology Enhanced Learning at Sussex

Required for Turnitin (archived)

Turnitin is the name of the software used at the University of Sussex for providing marks and feedback and checking for similarity on text-based assessments.

Important! This page is for assessment processes with Study Direct, used for modules which started during the 2014-17 academic years. Please see the Canvas web pages for information on current processes.

 

Each time you submit a file required for Turnitin, the text within the document will automatically go through an originality checking process. This process compares the text within the submitted against a vast database of online sources and then presents the results as an online report for both student and marker to view. Please see the Turnitin Similarity web page for more information. Tutors will also use the Turnitin software as a platform for providing marks and feedback on your submitted work.

The following video provides an overview and demonstration of submitting for assessments with an e-submission hand-in point which require a file for Turnitin. Please refer to the other resources on submission requirements if the assessment doesn't require Turnitin.

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Accepted file types and sizes

Your submission must be contained within a single text file and must be within the criteria of accepted file types and sizes for Turnitin. Failure to adhere to these guidelines will result in your submission being rejected.

Your submission time and date will be recorded as soon as you have uploaded your file to Study Direct. Upon upload your file will also be automatically sent to Turnitin to produce a report of Similarity of your work. This report will usually generate within minutes but can take anything up to 24 hours to process.

If Turnitin - due to submission of an unacceptable file type or size - is unable to process your file and produce a Similarity Report, then you will receive an email, text-message and notification from the Sussex App containing an error message to inform you that your submission has been rejected and that you will need to review and resubmit your file.

Please allow emails to be sent from Study Direct to make sure you receive any e-submission receipts or error messages. 

The word count

Turnitin will attempt to calculate a word count of your submitted document which will be visible to staff marking your paper. However, the word count will vary depending on the type of file which has been submitted. Due to these inconsistencies, markers have been advised to only ever use the word-count as a rough guide rather than as conclusive evidence. Full guidance on the use of the word count is available in the How to interpret the word-count in Turnitin guide (PDF).

Understanding Turnitin Similarity

  • Each time you submit a file to Turnitin, the text within the document will automatically go through an originality checking process.
  • This process compares the text within the submitted document with a vast database of online sources and then presents the results as an online report for both student and marker to view.
  • See the following section on Turnitin Similarity to find out more.

Academic Development & Quality Enhancement FAQs

The following information, relevant to Turnitin is available from the ADQE e-submission FAQs web page.

  • What is Turnitin?
  • How will markers use the Turnitin Similarity?
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