The Turnitin originality check system analyses the text and produces an originality report that lists all the text passages where the content of the work corresponds to the source material used for comparison. The listed similarities can be citations or references in accordance with good scientific practice, or they may point out inadequately marked citations in the text. The system sends the report to the supervisor of a thesis who assesses the quality and significance of the similarities. The supervisor can also send the report to the author of the thesis in order to give feedback and guidance.
When the work has been analysed, it will be archived in the system database. The author can later open and download the thesis from there for their own use with the ID number they received by email after saving the thesis. No other party in addition to the author and the supervisor of the thesis can access the document. However, the Turnitin main user of the University of Turku can empty and close the entire database of the University in case the University’s customer relationship with the service provider ends.
When the work has been archived in the Turnitin database, it is part of the reference material against which future theses and other student work will be compared. Possible similarities between the texts submitted to the system later and the previously saved texts will be pointed out and marked in the evaluation reports. Therefore, the work archived in the database has active copyright protection.
The University of Turku has the right to decide how long the archived student work is stored in the database. However, the author of the work has the right to remove/ask for the removal of their work from the database at any time. The author of the work retains full copyright to the work.