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Use appropriate citing and referencing to acknowledge their sources:
The best place to find information about Turnitin requirements is in your Unit Guide or on your unit Moodle site.
|Arts||Refer to your unit guide|
|Art Design & Architecture||Refer to your unit guide|
|Business & Economics||Refer to your unit guide|
|Education||Refer to your unit guide|
|Engineering||Refer to your unit guide|
|Information Technology||Refer to your unit guide|
|Law||Refer to your unit guide||
The similarity index on my originality report for my law assignment is high. What can I do?
Apply two filters: ‘Exclude bibliography’ and ‘exclude matches less than 5 words’. For the remaining matches, check that you’ve cited the materials correctly, using the AGLC3. As Turnitin can’t access most of the Australian law publishers, Turnitin searches for matches to internet pages or to other students using the same authorities. For law, there aren’t many different authorities available. Provided you’ve used your sources correctly, these matches shouldn’t worry you.
My originality report suggests I've used other students' work. This isn't so, what can I do?
Apply the filter for ‘exclude matches less than 5 words’. Matches to other students occur in legal writing because the Australian law publishers don’t allow access to Turnitin. Also the same legal authorities constantly appear when the same point of law is being discussed (usually the point set in assignments). Keep your own research notes to prove that you have accessed those authorities and used them correctly. You may like to use headers or footers recording the dates when you were working on your assignment, or email drafts to yourself as a back-up version.
My similarity index for Law is much higher than for other disciplines. Does this matter?
Check that you’ve cited the authorities correctly, using the Australian Guide to Legal Citation (AGLC3). The similarity index for law will be high because the range of authorities to be used is limited, so as long as you’ve used these properly, you don’t have to worry. The similarity index doesn’t have a ‘magic’ cut-off point for Law.
Can I access some of the matches to other students listed on the similarity index? I know I haven't used these and want to know why they are appearing.
It’s possible, but it’s slow and has to be done through the institutions concerned, starting with your lecturer. Your lecturers know the authorities that should be cited, so they will be looking at how you’ve used these. Provided you’ve referenced correctly, using the AGLC3, and saved your research and drafts, you don’t need to worry. Turnitin is matching to other students’ work because assignments are often based around the same points of law, so the same authorities keep coming up in assignments.
I've used the most reliable versions of cases in my Law assignment, but the similarity index shows these as matching Google versions. Is this a problem?
Some Law Reports aren’t available to Turnitin, so the search engine looks for a close match, often to websites where the first version of the case appears. Check your citation and use the most reliable version of the case.
|Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences||
|Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Science||Refer to your unit guide|
|Science||Refer to your unit guide|
To find out more about how Turnitin is used in your faculty please consult your unit guide, your Moodle unit site or your lecturer.