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Find, access and use information effectively: a step-by-step guide: Turnitin

Find, access and use information effectively: a step-by-step guide

How do I submit a Turnitin assignment in SunLearn?

You may E-mail: or contact your faculty librarian if you do not have access to Turnitin and want to use the Library Turnitin module on SunLearn.

What is Turnitin and how does it work?

Turnitin is a tool to check the originality of your written work and it will provide guidelines where necessary to you regarding where and how you can improve it. Stellenbosch University students have access to Turnitin via; be sure to use Mozilla Firefox.
Turnitin is used by students at various academic establishments to measure plagiarism. Students upload assignments onto the Turnitin database where the papers are compared with billions of pages on the internet (Turnitin Official website). The results are returned in the form of an Originality Report that gives clear explanations of possible plagiarism.

Login problems and Help

If you can't log in to, go to UserAdmin and change your password.

If you cannot view your documents try using Mozilla Firefox.

If you do not have access to Turnitin via one of your modules, give your name and student number to your faculty or branch librarian, Jeremiah Pietersen (Learning Commons) or Kirchner van Deventer (Research Commons) to upload you on the Information Skills Training – Turnitin module on SUNLearn.

Any other SUNLearn related queries (modules not showing etc.), email to: or phone: +27 21 808-2222.

Do you need formal Turnitin training:

 A section on ‘Turnitin and how to use it’ is included in the Postgraduate Skills Development Programme’s Academic Writing Integrity: Avoiding Plagiarism. An online version of the face-to-face workshop is housed on SUNLearn. You can find it here* (one can self-enrol for access to this SUNLearn module). Please self-enrol to complete the course as self-study.