Turnitin® at the University of Waikato

The University of Waikato is committed to upholding the highest degree of academic excellence for students enrolled in all its papers and programmes university wide.

It is important that academic work submitted by students conforms to the Assessment Regulations which state that it is necessary to acknowledge the work of others used in an assessment item through full and accurate referencing.

Turnitin® is an electronic plagiarism detection service which gives lecturers the opportunity to:

  • monitor levels of academic integrity for students
  • provide extra support and instruction in citation
  • referencing and academic writing techniques
  • establish evidence for student disciplinary complaints 

How it works

Assignments submitted via Moodle or MyWeb can be sent to the Turnitin® software. The document(s) are checked for levels of academic integrity by comparing with the Turnitin® database, and other academic databases with which Turnitin® has licensing agreements. A report is then produced with a similarity score based on the percentage of text matched against other sources.

Turnitin® is currently used in the School of Law and the Waikato Management School, and is being adopted more widely in the Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences, The Faculty of Education, The Faculty of Science & Engineering and The Faculty of Computing & Mathematical Sciences. 

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