Avoiding Plagiarism

The University of Adelaide expects students to understand their responsibility for academic integrity and to develop the knowledge and skills to avoid plagiarism.

University policy on academic integrity and plagiarism

The University of Adelaide's academic integrity policy includes the issues associated with plagiarism, the responsibilities of the faculty/school/department, the responsibilities of staff and students, as well as the procedures and penalties for plagiarism.

All staff, students and affiliates of the University of Adelaide who are involved in research practice should be familiar with and must comply with:

Student guides and resources

The guides and resources on this webpage can help you understand how to avoid plagiarism in your academic writing. We also encourage you to book an appointment with a learning advisor if you need further support. Please note that learning advisors help you build your skills and understanding. They will not provide evidence for, or act as advocates in, academic integrity investigations.


Turnitin is a software used for checking and marking student assignments. For most of your courses, you will hand in your assignments via MyUni, and a Turnitin originality report will be generated for your assignments.  This report will tell you how similar your writing is to other texts that can be found online and in other student assignments.

To find out more about the importance of this kind of software, and the importance of properly citing/integrating sources into your writing, consider looking at some of the university's Academic Integrity resources. Other resources with information more specific to the use of Turnitin are currently in development - watch this space! 

Getting an originality report from Turnitin before you hand in your assignment.

You can check your draft assignments for text matching and text originality (prior to submitting the assignment for marking) by submitting draft assignments to the Turnitin self-assessment tool within MyUni.

  • To access the tool, go to MyUni and find a course called Turnitin Originality Check. Enter this course and upload your assignment draft.
  • Your instructors will not see any drafts you submit there, and none of these drafts will be considered if you subsequently submit your edited and finalised assignment through Turnitin for marking within your course (if your instructor has enabled Turnitin assignment submission in your MyUni course).
  • You cannot submit your assignments for marking through the Turnitin self-assessment tool. You can only check your assignment drafts for originality.
  • If you have any questions about academic integrity, plagiarism, or the results you receive generated though the Turnitin originality report using the Turnitin self-assessment tool, please visit us at the Writing Centre or email your questions to us.