Did You Know? The Turnitin (Tii) system deters academic dishonesty

Turnitin (Tii) is an anti-plagiarism detection system that compares text within a document to archived papers within the Tii database and the World Wide Web. For example, all universities build their own databases over a period of time. Hence papers submitted, will first be checked within the local Tii repository, prior to checking similarity text on the World Wide Web.The University of the Western Cape implemented the use of Tii in 2008 to deter academic dishonesty.

The use of the ‘Originality Check Tool’ has increased across faculties across and is the most requested tool within Tii.


The Originality Check tool creates an ‘Originality Report’, indicating:

  • Colour codes to show comparisons, and
  • Matches found are displayed in list format.

CIECT advises that faculties and departments encourage all staff to submit:

  • Reports,
  • Documents and
  • Question papers to Turnitin (Tii).

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