Using Turnitin

Using Turnitin

About Turnitin

Turnitin is a tool that identifies levels of similarity between your writing and other student assignments and published work.

All written assignments submitted online at UniSA are submitted to Turnitin. In some courses this is only done once the assignment is officially submitted. However, in many courses you can submit your work ahead of the deadline to generate your own "Orginality report". This enables you to check how similar your work is to other sources. You can then withdraw the assignment to make any necessary changes and resubmit it in revised form. Ask your course coordinator if you're unsure whether this applies to you.


     1. Assignments must be submitted from your learnonline course website, which can be accessed via myUniSA.

     2. Follow the steps illustrated on this webpage and in the video below to submit the assignment, including ticking the declaration of originality, dragging or uploading the file, and saving the submission.  

If you are enrolled in a course that permits it, you can upload your work early to receive your own Originality report and Similarity figure. These indicate the percentage of text in your assignment that matches text found in other assignments submitted to Turnitin, as well as text found in published works like books, journal articles and webpages. Allow at least half an hour for this information to be generated, and longer during peak assignment periods.

     Similarity number

It is recommended that you review the document at this point. To do this:

     3. Click on the file name to open and read the Originality report.

If, based on the report, you decide to make changes to your assignment:

     4. Click on the red X box to withdraw it, then resubmit it following the steps above once you've made your changes.

Important: the file name for all submissions must be exactly the same, otherwise Turnitin will interpret your updated submission as a new assignment and compare it to your earlier one, resulting in an even higher similarity match.

The following pages provide some tips for interpreting Similarity figures and Originality reports...