How to Beat Turnitin… What Works and What Doesn’t

How to Beat Turnitin… What Works and What Doesn’t

There is much existing writing about Turnitin. Knowledge is power when you’re trying to figure out how to cheat Turnitin.

It is definitely not a perfect piece of software. Consider some of these excerpts from relevant articles.

Paper Writing Services

Of course, a paper being written from scratch does not mean that it is a legitimate paper that follows honor codes. You can still cheat with an original paper.

A major flaw with Turnitin is that it can only detect plagiarism. Other types of cheating can get by. I found this excerpt on a custom writing service’s website who claims that it can help students cheat Turnitin by writing their papers for them:

So what is the trick to get a perfect, original paper that will let you bypass Turnitin and get you a stellar grade? Have someone else write your paper. If someone writes you a fresh paper, it will be plagiarism-free!

Turnitin can’t detect this because it isn’t plagiarism! Turnitin isn’t effective at solving for all types of academic dishonesty.

There is no way in hell that a computer algorithm can detect this kind of cheating. It isn’t designed to. And really, there is no way that it could be designed to do this. During my time as a teacher, this is one way of cheating that I could never stop.


Hiring someone else to write your paper is basically the Contra Code of getting around Turnitin. With the right writer, you can get plagiarism-free, original papers every time.

False Positives

Turnitin works by identifying phrases used elsewhere on the Internet and in previously submitted phrases. The problem is that there are many legitimate reasons why an author might use a phrase that has previously been used somewhere else. Consider this excerpt from a news article.

One major problem with the Turnitin software is that many of the phrases flagged by its detection system are not incidents of plagiarism, but commonly used phrases that define the topic of the paper, such as “global warming.”

This can be unfair to students and can artificially raise plagiarism percentages, especially for more general papers. Papers for colleges that reuse prompts are especially subject to this shortcoming.

Content Spinning

The practice of content spinning is to take existing information, such as part of a Wikipedia article, and changing it to be phrased differently, generally by switching words to other words with the same meaning. For example, changing “the dog was really fat” to “his dog was super obese.”

Turnitin says that it has scripts that can figure out if a paper has simply been run through a thesaurus. However, these scripts are flawed. When done correctly, Turnitin can’t detect this.

Essentially, this is uncited paraphrasing. It is an effective method to beat Turnitin. This is perhaps the best method to beat Turnitin besides writing a paper from scratch.


All in all, Turnitin is a tool that is imperfect. It can detect plagiarism in some cases, but can be flawed. Take it with a grain of salt. And for students: If you need to get around Turnitin, there are some tricks that you can use. Consider the content of this article and you now know how to beat Turnitin.

Ҝ vs K – Foreign Fonts and Turnitin

Ҝ vs K – Foreign Fonts and Turnitin

There are many different alphabets around the world. Most readers of this blog are students who are attending English speaking universities and who use the English version of Turnitin.

Think about what alphabet is being used when you submit a paper to Turnitin.

Consider the letter Ҝ. This is different from in good ol’ USA English.

In the past, changing American letters to other alphabets’ letters that look nearly identical could trick Turnitin. This technique is now outdated and Turnitin does not fall for it.

Be aware of this and don’t use outdated techniques!

Turnitin’s Official Q&A

I did some research on Turnitin’s website. It seems that they provide information to students. Check out the link below:

It is interesting information, although somewhat biased. For example, while they talk about protecting student copyright, that isn’t always the case. Lawsuits have been raised against the company. They use your papers for commercial purposes without your consent.

Students and teachers should think twice before using Turnitin.

Uploading Student Work to Turnitin.Com

Uploading Student Work to Turnitin.Com

Okay. D-Day is here. It’s time to submit your paper to Turnitin.

How do you do this?

Start by logging in. You’ll be brought to the class that you are enrolled in.

Click on the class name and you’ll see the paper that the teacher has assigned, as well as details about that paper, including the deadline.

Since your paper is due, you’ll need to submit your paper.

Submitting and Uploading the Paper

There are three steps to this process.

Step 1 of 3

Alright. Time to upload it.

Put your last name in under the submission title so that your professor will know whose work is being submitted. Other clarifying information is also helpful.

Find the file on your computer. Browse until you find it and select it as the file to upload. You may have to search different drives, folders, and directories to find the right file.

Make sure that you do not submit a corrupted file to Turnitin, as teachers and the software can detect this.

Click the upload button and your file will begin to upload. Your file is uploaded once the progress bar is done.

Step 2 of 3

Now, you can review and check your paper to make sure it is accurate. Review the preview, author, and title information.

Looks pretty good? Submit it now.

If you have submitted the wrong file, go back to step one and search for the correct file. Be sure to double check everything here. It’s better to measure twice and cut once.

Step 3 of 3


You should get a green check mark saying that your submission has been submitted successfully.

It may take a while to get the report back confirming your submission. Check your email.



That’s all there is to it.

That’s how you upload your paper.

Good luck!

Be sure to do your research. Good papers can save the world!

Hello Students, Professors, and Readers!

Hello Students, Professors, and Readers!

Welcome to my blog, “How to Beat Turnitin”!

I am excited to share my many years of experience and knowledge with you. After spending years in academics, I’m excited to work on a new project: Blogging.

Whether you are a teacher, student, professor, or otherwise want to learn about how to get around plagiarism-checking software, you are on the right website.

Thanks for reading my blog. Stay in touch and keep your eye out for new posts and content!

Louis Stone