• Turnitin (now also known as Feedback Studio) is electronic text-matching software designed to identify when students include extracts from other texts.

    Your text is likely to match others to some extent – when you use standard phrases, quotations (for example) they will of course show up as matches, and that's fine. The matching can also help tutors identify plagiarism – when a writer includes bits of other people's work (large or small) as if it is their own without acknowledging it as the work of someone else, with a reference. This is plagiarism.