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Flinders University provides text-matching software for use by staff and students. Except where an exemption has been granted for special circumstances, all text-based student assignments will be subject to text-matching. Flinders University currently uses Turnitin as its text-matching software program. As text-matching software can also be a valuable learning tool, text-matching is also available to all students via FLO (Flinders Learning Online) for checking draft assignments.
Why use text-matching software?
Text-matching software identifies either similar or exact matches between submitted work and other digital material. This material may include the Internet, electronic databases and other students' work. The Flinders University Academic Integrity Policy includes a provision that allows students to submit drafts of their assignment.
If you are unsure whether or not your written work may too closely resemble your source material, you may wish to check your DRAFT assignment through text-matching software before submitting the final version of your assignment. Each University topic will provide a draft submission box that connects you to text-matching software and will generate a report for review see Submission of drafts.
Alternatively you could upload a practice document by navigating to the Text-matching site. Note: this will direct you through to the 'Text-matching' FLO
site and you will need to enrol yourself by clicking on the Enrol Me button. This site is not linked to a teaching topic and should not be used for final submission of assignments.
Enrolling into this site will add a permanent link into your My FLO topics list for accessing reports generated through this site.
Need help interpreting your text-matching report?
If you require support to interpret a text-matching report for a draft or final assignment see Interpreting the text-matching report.
Final assignment submission
For final submission of your assignment, text-matching will occur automatically when you submit through the FLO page for your topic see Submitting your final assignment. Please do not use the draft text-matching box for final submission of assignments.
For assistance with interpreting text-matching reports, academic writing and referencing drop in to the Learning Lounge in the Library or, if you are an external student, contact us via email us on firstname.lastname@example.org.
2. Submission of drafts
If you are unsure whether or not your written work may too closely resemble your source material, you may wish to check your DRAFT assignment through text-matching software before submitting the final version of your assignment. There will be a submission box for text-matching in every FLO topic site where you can upload drafts to get a text-matching report.
Once submitted a confirmation window will appear. You can close this (top right corner). A search will now be conducted to match text against the current and archived Internet, globally submitted student papers and accessible content databases, including library databases, text-book publishers and digital reference collections. Time taken to generate a report will vary from 5 minutes to 24 hours to return a report.
When a report is generated, the percentage symbol (%) will replace the word ‘Pending’ beneath the heading ‘Similarity’.
You will see similarity expressed as a percentage. The report can be accessed by clicking the percentage. If this is your first time using the Turnitin software you will be prompted to accept the ‘Turnitin User Agreement’ before you are able to access the report.
The percentage is the amount of text in your paper that has been matched to other sources. Remember this tool only matches text; it does not make any decisions about whether the matched text is plagiarism or not. Text matching can occur for many valid reasons (such as including the question in your paper, correctly quoting a source or correctly referencing a source), so a percentage of 0% matching is rare. There is also no real threshold percentage where one can say the level of text matching is acceptable or not. The determination of what is plagiarism and what is not, is a human decision, not a numerical one.
3. Interpreting the text-matching report
Interpreting text-matching reports is essential. Reports provide an overall matching percentage which indicates how much of the submitted paper matches existing sources in the available databases. Reports also provide a break-down of each individual match indicating the matched text and the source of the match. It is recommended that each individual match is interpreted, with the view to determining whether the matched text constitutes plagiarism or not.
- Direct quotes will be highlighted as matched text but are a legitimate use of source material, provided they have been enclosed in quotation marks and their source has been acknowledged correctly.
- Matching may occur if you have not paraphrased adequately, and your work too closely resembles another person’s work, even if you have not copied text verbatim.
- Sentences of a generic nature may be matched but would not constitute plagiarism if they are an inadvertent use of common knowledge. (for example, 'Australia is a vast country with a relatively small population.')
On the left hand of the screen, you will see your document with colour coding of text matching and on the right hand side, you see a list of the sources where the matches were found. You can click on the matched numbers on the left hand side (Match Overview) to get more information about the source where the match was found. Alternatively, click on the colour coded number on the right hand side for a brief summary of the match. Note that Turnitin will link to the first match it finds, it makes no determination about where the text was first published, or the original author.
If you click on a match in your document a window will appear showing you the details of the matched source.
It is important for you to know that the tool does not match against other students’ work in the current class until on the due date. This may mean the report percentage match may change after this date if there is text matching with other students in your class (which could be for quite valid reasons, e.g. two or more people including the assignment question in the document).
If you wish to improve your work and resubmit it to generate another report, you can do so. However, only one (1) report can be generated on any single draft box within a 24 hour period and one (1) report on any single assignment box within a 24 hours period. So submitting a draft assignment to the draft box does not preclude you from making a final assignment submission, as each box will generate separate reports within a 24 hour period.
Please talk to your teaching staff, or drop into the Learning Lounge in the Library for more information on interpreting the report. It may also prove helpful to see other examples of acceptable and unacceptable paraphrasing in the Paraphrasing and quoting study guide.
4. Final submission of an assignment
For final submission of your assignment, text-matching will occur automatically when you submit through the FLO page for your topic
Remember, the percentage may change after your submission if there is text matching with other students in your class. Any changes can take up to 4 weeks to appear.