Verification of Plagiarism Checking : Turnitin

Why the Need for Plagiarism Detection for Your Works?

In order to maintain a very quality academic work and publications, the University has implement a strict procedure for academic staffs and post graduates student to provide their Articles, Proposal, Thesis, Dissertation and Research Paper for plagiarism detection. This effort was taken to ensure all academic publication by UUM academic patrons were free of plagiarism deeds which may affect the university rank or rating if not taken seriously. For that purpose, the Library provide the plagiarism detection tool called Turnitin which can be access through our website.

(Turnitin is a 3rd party platform that provide a tool to detect and check your work against their database, and if there are instances where your writing is similar to, or matches against, one of their sources, a Similarity Report will  be produced for action or review. It does not have any relationship with the library in any ways except it was subscribed to handled the task)

The Steps

General Procedure
  1. Plagiarism review through Turnitin officially managed by the Reference and Information Service Division, Sultanah Bahiyah Library.
  2. The process is limited only to Proposal, Thesis, Dissertation and Research Paper only. Plagiarism review through Turnitin for articles are not managed by the library.
  3. Each application must be submitted with the Verification of Plagiarism Checking form and a soft-copy of the intended documents. Form usage is effective on 01st February 2016.
  4. The form can be downloaded via official website of the graduate school or in this website (below).
  5. It is compulsory for the form to be signed by the students’ supervisor with his/her official stamp. If a student has more than one supervisor, either one can sign the form. Applications will not be processed in the case of incomplete form, no signature from the supervisor and no official stamp.
  6. A FORM IS FOR PER REVIEW. Students need to submit a new form for second and subsequent review. The application form is VALID WITHIN 1 MONTH from the date of supervisor’s signature.
  7. In the case of the intended supervisor is on leave or field duty, the applicants must attach with validation email from the supervisor. Only validation through UUM emails are accepted.
  8. Results will be notified through email within 3 WORKING DAYS.

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Applications can be sent via:

1. Information Desk, Level 2, New Library Building

2. Email
i.The required information is the student’s full name, matrix number, title of the proposal / thesis, telephone number and name of the second supervisor (if more than one supervisor).
ii.The application can be sent to one of the officer in charge as follows:


Ms. Mazyana binti Hashim
Ms. Nor Allia binti Askandar
Mrs. Siti Suriyani binti Mohamad
Ms. Sakinah Ahmad
Mr. Mohd. Amirul Kasyful Nur bin Zulkifli
  • Documents accepted by the library are in the form of doc., docx., and pdf
  • Element of the documents must be compiled in ONE FILE. List of elements should be emailed based in the purpose of as follows :



i. Proposal Defence

- Frontpage of proposal

(Title, name of the student, matrix number and supervisor name)

- Chapter 1 · 3


ii. Pre VIVA

iii. Correction done after VIVA

- Frontpage of proposal

(Title, name of the student, matrix number and supervisor name)

- Chapter 1 - Final Chapter


(Table of Contents, acknowledgement etc.)

- Bibliographies I References

  • Results will be informed through the library's official email, Originality Report (Turnltln),
  • Results will be emailed to the students, supervisors and managing officer in each respective schools.
  • For sources of student writing detected by Turnitin, exception process can be done after an validation emailreceived from the supervisor informing that the sources belong to his/her student. Only validation through UUM emails are accepted and validation through personal emails are not entertained.

Turnitin does not check for plagiarism in a piece of work. Instead, we will check your work against our database, and if there are instances where your writing is similar to, or matches against, one of our sources, we will flag this for your instructor to review. Our database includes billions of web pages: both current and archived content from the internet, a repository of works students have submitted to Turnitin in the past, and a collection of documents, which comprises thousands of periodicals, journals, and publications.

It is perfectly natural for an assignment to match against some of our database. If you have used quotes and have referenced correctly, there will be instances where we will find a match. The similarity score simply makes your instructor aware of any problem areas in your paper; they will then use this as a tool as part of a larger process, in order to determine if the match is or is not acceptable.

Similarity Score

Similarity Reports provide a summary of matching or highly similar text found in a submitted paper. When a Similarity Report is available for viewing, an icon will appear in the Similarity column of the Assignment Inbox. Similarity Reports that have not yet finished generating are represented by a grayed out icon in the Similarity column. Reports that are not available may not have generated yet, or assignment settings may be delaying the generation of the report.

Note: Overwritten or resubmitted papers may not generate a new Similarity Report for a full 24 hours. This delay is automatic and allows resubmissions to correctly generate without matching to the previous draft.

The color of the report icon indicates the similarity score of the paper, based on the amount of matching or similar text that was uncovered. The percentage range is 0% to 100% The possible similarity indices are:

Blue: No matching text
Green: One word to 24% matching text
Yellow: 25-49% matching text
Orange: 50-74% matching text
Red: 75-100% matching text

Similarity Scoring Examples

Example 1

You may have submitted a paper to Turnitin in the past. If you included your name on that submission, it is entirely possible that your name is highlighted in their Similarity Report.

Tip: In most cases, excluding 5 words should safely exclude a student's name from being highlighted in their Similarity Report. Ask your instructor to exclude by word number.

Example 2

You may have used Turnitin to submit drafts of the same paper, meaning your final draft has resulted in a score of 100%.

Tip: If your instructor as instructed you to submit your paper multiple times, simply request that they exclude your previous submissions from the Similarity Report.

Example 3

You may have a firm basis of knowledge for the same assignment you've submitted, knowing enough to gather information from several sources to quote and reference correctly has a similarity score of 22%. In comparison, a student may have copied and pasted a chunk of text into their paper, due to a lack of knowledge on the topic they are covering. Their similarity score is 20%. Both students will be shown to have matches against our database. However, you provided properly sourced quotes and the other student copied directly from a website.

Tip: You may benefit from requesting that your instructor opts to exclude quotes from the Similarity Report.

Example 4

A student has managed to acquire a copy of your paper. They submit this paper to Turnitin on 15th October and receive a similarity score of 25%. However, when you submit your paper to Turnitin a week later, you receive a 100% similarity score.

Tip: In this case, it is important to contact your instructor to request that they regenerate the Similarity Report of the student who plagiarized; this will immediately identify collusion, allowing your instructor to follow institutional regulation.

Example 5

You have submitted a qualitative study to Turnitin, including a significant number of quotes and an extensive bibliography, as required for the topic of the paper. Your similarity score is 53%, exceeding the acceptable score set by your institution.

Tip: You may benefit from requesting that your instructor opts to exclude quotes and bibliography from the Similarity Report.


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What is Plagiarism?

Before you attempt to submit your paper for Plagiarism Detection Verification by Turnitin, you should try to understand and familiar with the term first. In doing so, you might lower down the similarity index percentage as you browse the fundamental of plagiarism such as types of plagiarism, how to prevent plagiarism while writing etc.

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