A lot of students, worry about the originality of their work because they do not want their assignment or project works to be cancelled or rejected by lecturers, supervisors etc. Lecturers put this fear in students in order for them to write their own projects, term paper, assignment when given to them.
Most students do copy works of other people online, paste them and submit them as their original work. This is the reason Turnitin was created, and its purpose is to glance through a submitted project in order to determine its plagiarism level or percentage.
Every percentage is represented by a color and all these colors have their own meaning. In this guide, we will do well to provide a brief explanation on these colors. Also, we will be providing the process to check plagiarism level of your work using the university of Ghana Sakai learning management system platform.
Although academically, you’re allowed to pick some ideas from other authors or scholars. You have to do this is in the best practice like giving a reference either in the article of yours (In-line referencing) or at the end of your article in either APA or in any other suitable style.
For sure, there can be similarity in ideas and opinions of different people sometimes. That’s why lecturers do often say, your plagiarism level shouldn’t exceed let’s say 35% or 40%. And if your article plagiarism level falls below this category, it also means the sources of your points are based on academic experience.
And if not at all, it means your article is based on 100% ideas of you and in this case, the lecturer will have to glance through your project to make sure you’re making some sense.
How To Check Plagiarism Using Turnitin on UG Sakai LMS
The UG Sakai platform is for university of Ghana students and lecturers only. Every student admitted as a student at the university of Ghana have access to this platform by using his/her student’s ID number and password.
Below are the step-by-step procedures to check the plagiarism level of your work;
- Hop and login on UG Sakai LMS platform
- On your homepage, you’ll have to click on “membership” at the left corner of your screen.
- Select “Joinable sites” on top of the drop-down list that appears.
- Select “RCOMM 100” and click on “join now”
- RCOMM 100 will then be available on the top menu of your interface like your registered courses for the semester
- Select RCOMM like how you select your courses when willing to access it to view an assignment or test and quiz by clicking on it and wait for it to load.
- Proceed to upload your work you’d like to check its plagiarism level.
- Select the time you’ll be submitting to your report will be ready before the time you’re given to submit it.
- You’ll receive an email, on the file uploaded and when the plagiarism report is ready, you’ll be sent an email, or you can check directly on Sakai.
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Meaning Of Turnitin Colors
Turnitin results come in different colors and all these colors do have a meaning. Below are the meaning of each color you’ll get after your plagiarism check with Turnitin;
1. Blue (No matching text):
This means, your work is originally written up by yourself and there are no similarity of any part of your work found online. In this case, your work has to be glanced through in order to notice whether what’s in there makes sense.
The color result is subjected to be cool, but if your lecturer or supervisor mentioned that your points should have academic backings, then it is not perfect.
2. Green (One word to 24% matching text):
This also means, 24% of your work have similarity to other works. This is subjected to be very cool, and if your supervisor or lecturer made it clear that your points and explanations should have academic backings then you’ve done an excellent job.
And do not forget to provide reference at the end of your writing.
3. Yellow (25-49% matching text):
This also means 25 to 49% matching text. In some cases it’s seen to be okay. But for some supervisors, the plagiarism level of your work shouldn’t exceed 40% or 39%.
4. Orange (50-74% matching text):
This is very bad, and simply means most of your work was copied online and is not an original work. Even though you give references. Works like this can be subjected to zero if the supervisor or lecturers gives no mercy.
5. Red (75-100% matching text):
Just like the colors goes, this is the worst result amongst them all. And it’s very bad. Works like his can also be subjected to zero if the supervisor or lecturers gives no mercy. This means almost all your work is a copied work.
Either you copied and pasted it straight or you used a paraphraser to paraphrase others work and submitted it as your personal work.
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In conclusion, this is everything you need to know about Turnitin and how to access it as well for UG students. And for individuals who will be using online platforms that use Turnitin to check the plagiarism level of your works, the meaning of the result colour is the same.
For university of Ghana students, we do have many articles on Sakai and the MIS web platform. You’re to check them out by typing UG in the search bar of our website.
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