Academic integrity and plagiarism

Academic integrity includes the values of trust, respect, fairness, and honesty in your work. Plagiarism means the inclusion of any idea or language from someone else without giving due credit by citing and referencing that source. Strategies for supporting academic integrity include considering forms of assessment that reduce opportunities for plagiarism, raising student awareness, and supporting development of study skills. Formative use of text-matching systems such as Turnitin can also help students to improve their writing, reinforcing appropriate ways to use and cite source material, as well as providing a quick way for staff to identify matching text in cases of possible plagiarism. 

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Practical help 

Need help, for example with how to set things up in Blackboard? Have a look at our page on Turnitin and online submission guide for Blackboard.

Unsure where to start? Please contact us with your questions. 


You'll need to think about: 

  • What your aims are - to better inform students, to spot plagiarism, or both? 
  • Why change - what benefits are you expecting? 
  • When will you need to change by? 
  • Who will implement the changes, and who will be affected? 

Contact us and we can help you plan. You might also want to read our detailed planning e-submission guidance.