Checking for Plagiarism

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Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM)  uses Turnitin as a plagiarism detection tool. Turnitin is a text-matching software that checks a student’s written work against electronic texts from the Internet, published works (such as journal articles and books), and assignments previously submitted to Turnitin by other students. It helps students to demonstrate academic integrity in their work.

Please view USM policy on plagiarism here.

* Note: The plagiarism checker services is provided by Schools/ Centers, not USM Library. To use this service, students/ researchers need to consult with your schools/ Centers/ IPS / Supervisors.

How Turnitin detected plagiarism?

When assignments/ thesis are submitted to Turnitin an “Originality Report” will be created. This indicates any text that matches to Turnitin’s database. The report also gives an indication of the overall proportion of matching text within an assignment, (the “similarity index”).

It is important to note that while University does not define a percentage of similarity that is considered “safe”, but Schools/ Centers do have specific requirements. Please consults your Schools/ Centers for the clear guidelines on the use of Turnitin.

Ways to avoid plagiarism

  1. Understand plagiarism: Plagiarism is when somebody using another person’s words or ideas as their own. Example types of plagiarism:Types-of-Plagiarism.png
  2. Properly paraphrasing – Do not copy, read and put in your own words. Your may try free or paid software for paraphrasing here.
  3. Properly Citing and referencing – Citing and referencing is one of the effective ways to avoid plagiarism. Learn about citing references here.
  4. Properly Quoting – When quoting a source, use the quote exactly the way it appears. Learn more about properly quoting here.

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