turnitin guide

Turnitin - SimCheck is the plagiarism detection software used at ITC and the University of Twente.

Starting October 17, 2019, it will be integrated into Canvas, student assignments can automatically be checked for text similarity. 

Turnitin compares the uploaded document to text in documents from the following locations:

  • The public internet
  • Scientific publications via Crossref (a platform facilitating the direct links to scientific publications by use of Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs)).
  • The UT database. This consists of documents that have previously been submitted to SimCheck, Ephorus, or Urkund (through Blackboard, Canvas or the Ephorus website).

Requirements for file type and size: 

  • Supported file types included: Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PostScript, PDF, HTML, RTF, OpenOffice (ODT), WordPerfect, and plain text. Zip files can be checked in the stand-alone version of SimCheck, not in Canvas.
    Note: Images within the supported file types can’t be checked for plagiarism.
  • A file can be up to 100 MB and must contain at least 20 words of text
  • The maximum paper length permitted is 400 pages.

For research staff only there is also access available to the 'standalone' version. To log in to this version, go to: https://utwente.turnitin.com/ . A manual for the standalone can be found here.

Turnitin User guides are integrated into the system, but for support on the use of Turnitin or to request an account (only for staff members), contact Katinka Jager k.a.jager@utwente.nl or Grietha de Jonge g.dejonge@utwente.nl

Ephorus users can request a new Turnitin account. 


Systems like Turnitin check for text similarity, the final judgment, if plagiarism has been committed, is to researchers supervising students.

In the following situations we talk about plagiarism: 
* Submitting past work 
* Paraphrasing without acknowledgment
* Summarizing without acknowledgment 
* 'Copy' and 'paste' another person's work in your own work without acknowledgment

Plagiarism is not allowed in scientific communication.

For general examples of plagiarism click here 
For more information on plagiarism click here
For more general information on publication ethics, see http://www.publicationethics.org/