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Turnitin Access (Registrations) to Schools

(For Faculty to verify own research papers, student term papers, theses/dissertation chapters)




Access & Service is Limited to only University Members.


  • Turnitin  is Similarity (plagiarism) screening software.

  • Library has subscribed Turnitin, the anti-plagiarism software and provided registrations to all the faculty members of the University

  • All Faculty members are requested that when using the Plagiarism check for Research Scholars and Students, they must operate with the category "NO REPOSITORY' of the Articles, draft copy of Thesis, Dissertation and Project reports in their respective School, Department or Centres.

  • The library will be screening the final report of the Thesis, Dissertation, and Project "Under the Repository".

About Turnitin (Functionality Features)

  • Turnitin software checks the text similarity and generate score report indicating similarity in percentage.

  • It screens through 1) published documents, 2)  open access content on WWW and 3) Turnitin repository of already submitted student papers.  (So if any students/faculty's draft document is erroneously saved in repository, it generates high similarity score)

  • It can optionally exclude the bibliography/references at the end of document from the similarity score

  • It can optionally exclude text written in double quotes (". . . . . .  .")

  • While verifying the draft document through Turnitin  Please Note:

    • While Screening for verification of similarity through Turnitin, Please do not Save / Submit the document to Repository.

    • Please select 'No Repository' in Optional Settings.

    • Please do not delete the documents submitted in Class and assignments.

    • Download the similarity report and digital receipts of every submission because it contains valid information - Similarity in text, the paper ID/Submission ID, date of submission, author and title etc. details for future use (for deleting the documents from Turnitin repository if any erroneously submitted).

Library Screening

(Student's Theses/Dissertations/Project Reports only)

 (After completing the supervisors corrections and before final submission to University)


INFLIBNET Centre, Ahamedabad facilitated Turnitin Software to all the universities signed MOU for SHODHGANGA Project (Uploading university Ph.D. Theses to INFLIBNET Theses Repository).

University of Hyderabad also received the software for the year 2014 (April) to May 2015 for screening theses to detect the similarity, if any with already published content. 

Further, the library continued subscription to Turnitin from the year 2015, onwards.

  • The IGM Library will screen the student's theses/dissertations/project reports (after completing the supervisors corrections) before their FINAL submission to the university and CERTIFY the similarity score.

  • Please Submit Details Online.  It should be (preferably) filled by Research Supervisors as an endorsement to your students work.

  • Email the students theses/dissertations/projects (as one document i.e. Introduction to  Conclusion) to   -  antiplagiarism@uohyd.ac.in 

  • Library will send the 'Screened Report' through the same mail during working hours

  • Students/Research scholars should  prints of similarity score part of the report (generated at the end) in required number and bring for library's certification.

  • Report should be enclosed with Thesis/Dissertation/Report at the end in all copies before submission to the university

* Please Note:

  • Library screens document through 1. Current & Archived Content on Internet (Web Free sources)   2. Periodicals, Journals & Publications 3. Student's Repository

  • Library will not exclude any source/s (self publications or earlier submissions etc.)

  • Library will not repeat the screening process, if score is equal to 10% or below  (University's accepted percentage of similarity).

  • Library will not screen articles for publication, draft documents etc. Please avail such service in your schools/departments.

Preparation of Document for Screening in the Library

  • Keep your notes, draft, own writings and your sources separate

  • Don't copy and paste the content from other sources

  • In case you are using Definition/Factual Reports/Population Statistics  from different sources (even your own), write the text in "quotes".   Quote your sources properly both 'in text' and also 'in bibliographical references'.

  • Acknowledge your sources explicitly when paraphrasing (change of words with synonyms, restructuring sentences or paragraphs of text) both 'in text' and also 'in bibliographical references'.

  • Remove preliminary pages of thesis/dissertation, or project report viz. title page, declaration, certification, acknowledgements, lists of tables/figures, vocabulary, Bibliography, Appendix/Annexure,

  • Follow the citation styles as prescribed by your research guide/department/school. Some globally followed citation styles are like APA, MLA, Chicago etc...

  • Since most of the scholarly content is currently published online, use anti-plagiarism software to detect similarities if any your manuscript before submitting to the university.

  • The file must be less than 400 pages and less than 20 MB.

  • Microsoft Word or  PDF preferably in PDF (as the size will be comparatively lesser)

  • Please combine all the chapters into one document (Introduction to Conclusion)



(This is not the university policy. The following guidelines are provided to researchers/authors to give an understanding about what is plagiarism and how to avoid it)


"Plagiarism is considered as academic dishonesty.  It is the action or practice of taking someone else's work, idea, etc., and passing it off as one's own;  literary theft”. (Oxford English Dictionary) 


The expression of original ideas in any form is considered intellectual property and is protected by copyright laws. 

Almost all forms of expressions, original inventions fall under copyright protection as long as they are recorded in some way (such as a book, article, art piece,  musical score or a computer file)

  • Turning in someone else's work as your own

  • Copying words, phrases or ideas from someone else's work without giving credit (acknowledgement)

  • Failing to put a quotation in quotation marks in text

  • Giving incorrect information about the source of a quotation

  • Manipulating the already published data  or presenting the fake data in your work

  • Paraphrasing, changing words and sentence structure of a source is considered as copying  if the source is not duly acknowledged.

  • Taking so many words or ideas from a source or different sources that makes up the majority of your work, whether you give credit or not is considered as copying.

  • Submission of the same work to more than one course

What is not Plagiarism?


Some practices are also allowed while using the text from other authors' documents in their own writings.

  • Few words of similarity (that can be coincidental among others)

  • Reiterating popular writers sayings, use of symbols, application of formulae, images, Figures and models

  • Facts or common knowledge, widely known ideas

  • Quotations: Reproduction of an author's exact words. 1) Parenthetical citation (with or without signal phrase), 2) Footnotes, 3) Endnotes

  • Bibliographic reference at the end of text

For more details - See the Harvard Guide to Using Sources 


  1. The service is limited to UOH Academic Community

  2. It is mandatory to screen PhD theses, M.Phil Dissertations and Projects before submitting to the university.

  3. Based on the general practices at various Universities/Institutions, the similarity tolerance limit may be kept as 10%.  The Supervisor has to go through the report generated by Anti-Plagiarism software before certifying the same.

  4. The research scholar in his/her declaration and research Supervisor in his/her certificate has to certify/declare that the thesis is a plagiarism-free as per the norms of the University.  (As per University norms less than 10% similarity index can be considered as plagiarism-free)

  5. The responsibility of getting the statement of plagiarism statistics from the Library lies with the Scholar.  The Supervisor can also log into the respective Anti-Plagiarism software website with the help of Library staff and  download the report. 

  6. The Anti-Plagiarism policy of the University will be applicable to Ph.D Theses, M.Phil Dissertations and Projects.

  7. Not applicable to regional languages


(1) UGC-Plagiarism-Academic-Integrity-Regulation2018.pdf

(2)Academic Council, 82nd Meeting held on 15.09. 2018

(3) O/o Controller of Exams, Ltr No:- UH/Exams/2016  Dt:- 25-10-16 CLICK for the CIRCULAR & CERTIFICATE