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Turnitin is an internet based anti-plagiarism detection software that is aimed at promoting quality academic writing within learning Institutions. This allows students to develop quality writing skills as it facilitates rich, significant feedback on their submitted work. Hence in this process they are able to improve their academic writing.

Instructors/Lecturers require students to submit their written assignments to Turnitin. The system then checks the submitted document for non-originality (possible plagiarism) by comparing submitted papers to several databases/repositories on the world wide web. Instructors/Lecturers are then able to monitor a student's similarity index.


  • Access - M&D Students
    Registered Unisa M&D students are enrolled automatically within their respective colleges. This enables the students to upload their academic papers to the Turnitin database.  Students LOG IN directly online using their myLife email addresses.  Should a student have diffciulty to log in, the Unisa Turnitin Team can be contacted on

Note: There is no need for the student to 'create account'.

Classes & Assignments

Classes & Assignments are set up within each college automatically for their respective students. In addition to the formal student classes and assignments.  Students are required to use the formal Unisa Turnitin classes for the relevant college.

Document submissions

Students have direct access to Turnitin via the Internet and can upload their own documents. Lecturers/instructors can also submit documents on behalf of a student.  Turnitin will generate confirmation of the document submission which will be emailed to the respective student.  Turnitin originality reports will be generated automatically after document submission.

Note: The generation of originality reports can take up to 24 hours.Originality reports

To view a report go to the Turnitin website and log in. Once you are logged in click on a specific class name and open the relevant assignment. A new page will open displaying the percentages. To access a specific student report click on the given percentage bar. You will be redirected to a new page, with the actual report. The sources with matching text in the Turnitin database will be displayed on the right side of the page.

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Last modified: 2020/11/27