Plagiarism detection is obligatory for doctoral dissertations and licentiate theses before evaluation process .
The University of Eastern Finland uses an electronic plagiarism detection system, Turnitin. In addition to verifying the originality of a thesis, the system can also be used to guide students towards the correct quotation and referencing practices required in high-quality academic texts.
The Turnitin system has been integrated into the Moodle online learning environment.
Instructions on the use of a plagiarism detection system for licentiate theses and doctoral dissertations at the Philosophical Faculty
• The primary supervisor provide the student with the title of the Moodle course and the course key, enabling them to find the Turnitin plagiarism detection tool.
• Student submit their texts to the Turnitin tool as a single doc or docx file. Student should note that one of the Turnitin tools will save the student's work and the other one will not.
• Student must inform their instructor once the Turnitin report is completed.
• Plagiarism detection must be carried out before submitting the licentiate thesis for assessment. If authors of theses wish, they may save or archive their work in the Turnitin database at this stage.
• Plagiarism detection must be carried out before submitting the doctoral dissertation for assessment. If authors of doctoral dissertations wish, they may save or archive the work in the Turnitin database at this stage.
• In the case of doctoral dissertations and licentiate theses consisting of articles, only previously unpublished texts will be checked, i.e., the summary and any previously unpublished articles. They must be submitted in the Turnitin tool as a single file!
• If significant changes are made to the doctoral dissertation after the preliminary assessment, the author should run the plagiarism check before publishing the work.
• Primary supervisor checks the plagiarism detection report and, if necessary, go through the results with students. Instructor must check the report within two weeks of its completion and the notification received from students.
• Students will make corrections to their work according to any feedback given. After corrections, the work can only be submitted for plagiarism detection one more time.
• Before the assessment process, primary supervisor will inform the faculty administration in writing of whether, in their opinion and based on the plagiarism detection report, the work is acceptable.
• The reports are stored for one year.
• If they wish, students may use their initiative and run the Turnitin tool on their texts at various stages of the work. We recommend that authors of licentiate theses and doctoral dissertations use their initiative and check any articles intended for the thesis in students' Turnitin before sending the work to publishers,
For more information you may turn to Ms. Kaisu Kortelainen, Amanuensis, kaisu.kortelainen(at)uef.fi