If you have a question about the use of Turnitin at LSE and can’t find the answer on this page, please email lti.support@lse.ac.uk with your question.

For Staff and student support materials and guides see our Turnitin page.

On a rare occasion the Moodle / Turnitin integration will not carry over your teacher/editor permissions into an instructor role on the Turnitin website. This results in you not being able to see the courses and assignments on the Turnitin website that you can on Moodle. There is a simple fix for this:

  • Log into Moodle and check you have teacher/editor access on that course
  • Access an assignment that has Turnitin enabled
  • Click to view/grade all submissions
  • Click to see a student’s originality report
  • This will force a data transfer between Moodle & Turnitin; and the next time you log into the Turnitin website you should see all of the courses listed underneath ‘LSE Moodle’.

On this occasion you can reset the student’s assignment submission (revert to draft or delete) for the student to resubmit. As long as the student resubmits on the same assignment portal or on a different assignment portal but WITHIN the same Moodle course, the originality report % will be updated accordingly.

Important: In the case where the student submitted a file in the wrong Moodle course then the submitted file MUST be deleted by requesting the paper deletion from LTI. Contact lti.support@lse.ac.uk providing the TurnItIn Paper ID and the Moodle course where the file was submitted. LTI will request the paper deletion from TurnItIn. You cannot request paper deletion from TurnItIn yourself.

TurnItIn is a service that matches text from student assignments against its extensive databases of previously submitted student coursework, websites and academic papers. Turnitin’s Originality Check produces an originality report and a score (%), for deterring and detecting potential plagiarism.

Turnitin is used by most academic departments at LSE to originality check the work that is submitted by students taking their courses. The parameters that any Turnitin originality score is judged by will be set by the faculty teaching the course and their programme team.

In some cases Turnitin is also used as a marking tool by teachers to provide feedback on work submitted by their students via Moodle.

Some courses enable students to view the originality scores of their work and use this as a development tool to improve their academic writing.

The conditions of registration for all students at LSE states “all [students] assessed coursework
(essays, projects, field reports, literature reviews, dissertations etc.) may be analysed by plagiarism detection software”.

Teachers and programme staff for individual courses at LSE will frequently provide more specific details of how Turnitin will be used for the students who are taking that course; and how it will affect their Moodle use during the submission of assignments.

The Turnitin Moodle plug-in is available on all courses if you want to use it: all Moodle users with teacher/editor permissions can add it to assignments up until the submission of student work beings.

Please see our step-by-step guide on how to set-up Turnitin in Moodle assignments for more information; and if you want further help please email lti.support@lse.ac.uk.

These two different repository settings are available when you set up the Turnitin integration on your Moodle assignment. If you select ‘Standard repository’ then any work submitted to that Moodle assignment will be stored in the Turnitin student work repository going forward and an originality report will be generated on it: all work that is subsequently run through Turnitin at LSE or any other institution will be checked against that work and flagged if the content matches.

If you select ‘No repository’ then any work submitted to that Moodle assignment will have an originality report generated for it, but it will not be saved in the Turnitin student work repository: no future work will be checked against it, so the same paper could be submitted again and not show any unoriginality matches. This is useful for formative pieces of work that might later be developed into summative submissions: if the formative work had been stored to the Turnitin repository then the summative assignment that developed and added to it might well return very large percentages in its originality report.

So when setting up the Turnitin integration on your Moodle assignment we would recommend that you store all summative work to the standard repository, but use your own discretion on if formative work needs to be stored or if you only want to check it for originality.

Files submitted to the ‘Standard repository’ will stay there as long as Turnitin are operating their service and are never removed.

Full details on how to access and interpret the originality reports on the papers submitted to your assignment are available in video (8.37mins) and handout format from our dedicated Turnitin web page.

Firstly check through the originality report using the interpretation guidance on our Turnitin web page. This will help you to check exactly which parts of a high originality score indicate intended plagiarism.

If you feel a piece of work submitted to you needs to be a considered a plagiarism case then you should consult the LSE Regulations on Assessment Offences: Plagiarism [PDF] for details on how to proceed.

Reports can be generated immediately upon submission, however they are regenerated AGAIN on due date. This will happen automatically and will start immediately once the due date is reached. This way the submitted student files are checked against each other, and the initially generated report score might change to reflect this check.

We recommend that you check the reports after the due date, when the report score (%) will be finalised. The mount of time it will take to regenerate the reports will depend on some different factors e.g. the amount of papers submitted onto the assignment, the size of the papers submitted onto the assignment and also in some cases the busyness of Turnitin’s servers i.e. it may take longer to regenerate the reports if Turnitin have a high submission rate at that time.

When you enable Turnitin, for use through Moodle, you have 3 options to generate reports. All are listed below.

Option 1: Generate reports immediately (students cannot resubmit): When a paper is submitted the students will not be able to resubmit. To allow a resubmission, papers must be deleted by the instructor or should contact LTI to remove. In this option, the reports will not refresh until the due date of the assignment, at this point the report will be ran again and will also compare any other students papers submitted within this assignment.
Note: The scores may change. See the question above about changes of report scores.

Option 2: Generate reports immediately (students can resubmit until the due date): A student can submit a paper until the due date and the report will be generated. The report will not refresh unless a student resubmits their paper. Once a student resubmits their paper the report will be ran again and the similarity report score may also change. In this option, the student can continue doing this up until the due date and the report  will refresh after every resubmission. Once the due date has passed the report will be refreshed again and will also be compared against any other student submission made to this assignment and the report score may change.

If you have the option for “allow students to see reports” set to “Yes” the students will be able  to view the score immediately (unless they have resubmitted more than 3  times, then they would need to wait 24 hours)

If you have the option for “allow students to see reports” set to “No” the student will not be allowed to see their report score at all, even after the due date has passed. In this case, only the instructor will be able to see the report score.

Option 3: Generate reports on due date: Students can submit a paper and make resubmissions up until the due date of the  assignment, however no report will ran at all until the due date of the assignment has passed. Once the due date has passed the system will run the report (for the first time). At this point because the due date has passed it will then take into account any student submissions made to that class.The report score will not change.

If you have the option for “allow students to see reports” set to “Yes” the students will be able to view the score once the report has been generated when the due date passes.
If you have the option for “allow students to see reports”  set to “No” the student will not be allowed to see their report score at all even after the due date has passed. In this case, only the instructor will be able to see the report.

Yes, you can enable Turnitin to be used formatively as well as checking originality after the final submission. If this is activated on a Moodle assignment, we have provided information on how students can access and interpret the originality reports on their papers on our dedicated Turnitin web page: along with your support in class this will help students understand plagiarism, referencing and improve their academic writing skills.

If you would like to use Turnitin formatively, to help your students develop their writing skills and require further support please email lti.support@lse.ac.uk.

Please see our step-by-step guide on how to set-up Turnitin in Moodle assignments: making the originality check report available to students before submission is one of the settings the describes. If you want further help please email lti.support@lse.ac.uk.

Full details on how students can access and interpret the originality reports on their papers, if this is activated on a Moodle assignment, are available in video and handout format from our dedicated Turnitin web page.

  • Microsoft Word® (.doc/.docx)
  • OpenOffice Text (.odt)
  • WordPerfect® (.wpd)
  • PostScript (.ps/.eps)
  • HTML (.html / .htm)
  • Hangul Word Processor file (.hwp)
  • Rich text format (.rtf)
  • Plain text (.txt)
  • Google Docs via Google Drive™
  • Adobe® PDF
  • Microsoft PowerPoint® (.pptx, .ppt, .ppsx, and .pps)
  • Microsoft Excel® (.xls and .xlsx)

Note: If you are using an unsupported word processor, you may need to save your plain text file as .txt or .rtf in order to upload. If your students are using a Mac computer, they need to convert the file correctly to a format accepted by Turnitin.

Turnitin will not accept the following to generate Originality Reports:

  • Password protected files
  • Microsoft® Works (.wps) files
  • Microsoft Word 2007 macros-enabled .docm files
  • OpenOffice Text (.odt) files created and downloaded from Google Docs online
  • Document (.doc) files created using OpenOffice, as they are not 100% Microsoft Word equivalent
  • Apple Pages
  • Spreadsheets created outside of Microsoft Excel (i.e. .ods)
  • Text with visual effects

For more information, please consult the Turnitin help page here.

This setting is specific to each individual assignment and so is determined by the course teachers and programme staff. The Turnitin Moodle plug-in allows for one of the following three options when it comes to students seeing the originality reports:

  • students can see their originality report prior to the final submission of their work, meaning they have the option to re-submit their work based on improvements;
  • students can see their originality report after they have submitted their work;
  • students can’t see the report at all.

Our step-by-step guide on how to set-up Turnitin in Moodle assignments covers how to set-up each of those scenarios on a Moodle assignment. If you want further help please email lti.support@lse.ac.uk.

Full details on how students can access and interpret the originality reports on their papers, if this is activated on a Moodle assignment, are available in video and handout format from our dedicated Turnitin web page.

If students need further guidance on how Turnitin originality scores relate to their work, or any other aspect of their academic work, then support is available from the LSE LIFE team in the LSE Library.

We would recommend that you do inform your students if you are using the Moodle/Turnitin originality check. The reason being is that on first submission of work which uses the Moodle assignment integration students will need to accept the Turnitin Terms and Conditions. Full details of what this requires students to do and when they must do it are in our video and handout support materials from our dedicated Turnitin web page.

Teachers have the option to exclude Small Matches from the similarity index and originality report generated by Turnitin. When Excluding Small Matches is enabled, you can choose to automatically exclude any sources which are either under X% or under a certain amount of words. For example, if we ask the system to exclude  all matches under 2% it would then remove any matches in this report under 2%. This can be done via the Turnitin plug-in settings when you are setting up your Moodle assignment (as below).

Note: You can still choose to exclude Small Matches when you are viewing a student’s originality report, if you have not done it when setting up an assignment 9as described above).

When setting up an assignment, you can choose to exclude quotations and/or references from the similarity index and originality report generated by Turnitin. This can be done via the assignment settings when you set up your Moodle assignment (as below).

Note: You can still choose to exclude quoted material and/or a bibliography when you are viewing a student’s originality report, if you have not done the previous step when setting up an assignment. See below where to find this information on the student’s originality report.

More details on the Moodle/Turnitin integration for originality checking and links to all of our available resources are on our dedicated Turnitin web page. We develop further step-by-step ‘how to’ guides that will be available for the start of the new academic year; in the meantime if you want to find out more about the integration please email lti.support@lse.ac.uk.

This will not affect the submission or grading of work in Moodle whatsoever. If Turnitin is down, any work submitted to Moodle at the same time will still be saved and can be graded or managed via any features available in Moodle.

With regards to the originality report, Moodle will keep resubmitting the paper to Turnitin until their service is restored; at which point the originality report will be generated and sent over to Moodle. No further action will be required for any users of Moodle to make this happen.

No – if you want to use an originality report to cross check and develop the referencing and citation in your thesis then you need to use the iThenticate service. LSE PhD students can gain access to this by emailing the LSE PhD academy team at phdacademy@lse.ac.uk (please note: only research students will be granted access to the iThenticate service; it is not available to taught students).

Both services are run by the same company, but Turnitin is designed to support and check the work of taught students, and to enable teachers to grade these submission in class groups; whereas iThenticate is designed to support professional academic writers and checks against a different database of resources when feeding back areas from improvement in a document.

Assignments using Turnitin through the Moodle/Turnitin integration will work in exactly the same way and have all the functionality as assignments you created directly in Turnitin previously. The only difference is that they will now appear in a different Turnitin account.

When you log-in to the Turnitin website you will see a list of all of the Turnitin accounts that you have access to. All courses and assignments created through the Moodle/Turnitin originality check integration will appear in the account ‘LSE Moodle’, where courses and assignments created directly in Turnitin previously might appear under accounts named for a specific LSE academic department.

Going forward we might work to streamline these accounts for ease of user access.

TurnItIn is a service that matches text from student assignments against its extensive databases of previously submitted student coursework, websites and academic papers. Turnitin’s Originality Check produces an originality report and a score (%), for deterring and detecting potential plagiarism.

Turnitin is used by most academic departments at LSE to originality check the work that is submitted by students taking their courses. The parameters that any Turnitin originality score is judged by will be set by the faculty teaching the course and their programme team.

In some cases Turnitin is also used as a marking tool by teachers to provide feedback on work submitted by their students via Moodle.

Some courses enable students to view the originality scores of their work and use this as a development tool to improve their academic writing.

The conditions of registration for all students at LSE states “all [students] assessed coursework
(essays, projects, field reports, literature reviews, dissertations etc.) may be analysed by plagiarism detection software”.

Teachers and programme staff for individual courses at LSE will frequently provide more specific details of how Turnitin will be used for the students who are taking that course; and how it will affect their Moodle use during the submission of assignments.

On this occasion you must contact your teacher and/or your departmental administrator. Inform them about the mistake and depending on where you have submitted the file they may be able to reset your assignment submission for you to resubmit or they may need to request the deletion of your paper from TurnItIn (through LTI). It is very important for them to know if you submitted in a wrong assignment portal within the same Moodle course or in a wrong Moodle course. If you are unsure about anything you can contact lti.support@lse.ac.uk.

  • Microsoft Word® (.doc/.docx)
  • OpenOffice Text (.odt)
  • WordPerfect® (.wpd)
  • PostScript (.ps/.eps)
  • HTML (.html / .htm)
  • Hangul Word Processor file (.hwp)
  • Rich text format (.rtf)
  • Plain text (.txt)
  • Google Docs via Google Drive™
  • Adobe® PDF
  • Microsoft PowerPoint® (.pptx, .ppt, .ppsx, and .pps)
  • Microsoft Excel® (.xls and .xlsx)

Note: If you are using an unsupported word processor, you may need to save your plain text file as .txt or .rtf in order to upload. Also, if you are using a Mac computer, you will need to convert the file correctly to a format accepted by Turnitin.

Turnitin will not accept the following to generate Originality Reports:

  • Password protected files
  • Microsoft® Works (.wps) files
  • Microsoft Word 2007 macros-enabled .docm files
  • OpenOffice Text (.odt) files created and downloaded from Google Docs online
  • Document (.doc) files created using OpenOffice, as they are not 100% Microsoft Word equivalent
  • Apple Pages
  • Spreadsheets created outside of Microsoft Excel (i.e. .ods)
  • Text with visual effects

For more information, please consult the Turnitin help page here.

This setting is specific to each individual assignment and so is determined by the course teachers and programme staff.  When Turnitin is used within Moodle there are three options when it comes to students seeing the originality reports:

  • students can see their originality report prior to the final submission of their work, meaning they have the option to re-submit their work based on improvements;
  • students can see their originality report after they have submitted their work;
  • students can’t see the report at all.

If you have any questions about how Turnitin originality reports are used on a course you are taking then you should contact both the programme manager and course convenor in the first instance.

The acceptable percentage for a Turnitin originality score is different for every assignment, and then again for each course: there is no set percentage that is automatically allowed at LSE. For the specific details on how an originality percentage will judged you should contact both the programme manager and course convenor in the first instance.

There are number of reasons why a similarity report can be delayed, such as:

  • If your similarity report is not available, it may be because the assignment have been set up to either not show the similarity reports to students. You need to check with your lecturer, if you want to find out why the assignment has been set up in that way.
  • The file format is not accepted by Turnitin. For instance, if you are working on a Mac computer, please ensure that you convert the file correctly to a format accepted by Turnitin (check accepted Turnitin file formats).
  • The length of the paper. Long papers (e.g. several hundred pages) can take up to 24 hours to generate.
  • Busyness of Turnitin. If lots of papers are being submitted to the system, the generation of the reports can take up to 24 hours.

If you have waited a full 24 hours and you still see the pending message/or a greyed out, please speak to your department to email lti.support@lse.ac.uk who may need to check on the status of your submission.

Where re-submissions are allowed onto the same Assignment, you will be able  to view the score immediately. However, if you have made more than three resubmissions, you would need to wait 24 hours, before you can view the score.

If you have waited a full 24 hours and you still see the pending message/or a greyed out, please speak to your department to email lti.support@lse.ac.uk who may need to check on the status of your submission.

Full details on how you can interpret the originality reports on your papers, where access to Turnitin originality checking is set up on a Moodle assignment, is available in video and handout format from our dedicated Turnitin web page.

If you need further guidance on how Turnitin originality scores relates to your submitted work, or on any other aspect of your academic work, then support is available from the LSE LIFE team in the LSE Library.

If you have specific questions about how Turnitin originality reports are used on a specific course you are taking that you should contact both the programme manager and course convenor in the first instance.

It is the choice of the teaching staff of each course if they let you see the Turnitin originality reports on the work you submitted: so if you don’t get an originality percentage from a specific Moodle assignment when you are getting it for others, then this will be a choice made by the teachers of that assignment.

If you have specific questions about how Turnitin originality reports are used on a specific course you are taking then you should contact both the programme manager and course convenor in the first instance.

Yes; it is possible to set up assignments in Moodle that facilitate the use of Turnitin Grademark. However, the integration between Moodle and Turnitin that delivers the GradeMark functionality is different to the one we are using to deliver the originality check functionality. Therefore the set-up and use of the assignment is different.

If you want to use Turnitin GradeMark please email lti.support@lse.ac.uk and we will arrange a meeting to discuss your requirements. The use of Turnitin Grademark is still in the pilot stage at LSE and we want to make sure it is exactly right for the requirements of any use case before we add more users to the pilot.

If you would like to use Turnitin Grademark to grade your students work please email lti.support@lse.ac.uk and we will arrange a meeting to discuss your requirements. The use of Turnitin Grademark is still in the pilot stage at LSE and we want to make sure it is exactly right for the requirements of any use case before we add more users to the pilot.