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University of Newcastle Library guides

Online resources and support: Start an assignment

A guide to help you with basic and more advanced digital skills for university learning

Support for academic skills

Click here to find support for academic skills, like independent study skills, writing, critical reading and problem solving/logical thinking.

Starting an assignment

Defining your topic Developing your search Understanding your sources
These pages have been put together by the library, and take you through the steps of finding information and resources for your assignments.


Turnitin is the University's text matching software. This academic support tool gives students and staff the ability to submit assignments and view an originality report.

Turnitin compares papers against:

  • information on the internet
  • papers submitted to Turnitin by other students
  • proquest online journal collection databases

It doesn't match text against subscription based academic journals or textbooks unless they are already included in the Turnitin database.

It is a condition of enrolment that students accept that electronic text-matching software may be used to check their work. 

For information on setting up a Turnitin assignment, click here.