Academic Practice & Guidelines



About Turnitin

“Plagiarism attracts significant media attention and is damaging to public perceptions of higher education. Expectations of students with respect to the originality and referencing of their work must be clear and unequivocal, and guidance about what constitutes plagiarism must be instilled early in students. The higher education sector rightly takes this issue seriously and institutions will need to continue to develop their policies for dealing with plagiarism.

What is Turnitin?

Turnitin is an electronic text matching system that can be used to find text matches between students’ submitted work and existing electronic sources, including extensive databases of electronic articles, other student assignments, and the internet. Since Turnitin is a web-based system, student papers (essays or assignments) need to be made available in electronic format. Equally, Turnitin cannot find any matching text with sources that are not available electronically – even then, the system cannot search databases that are password protected.

Fountain College’s Policy

Fountain College policy currently does not permit student to use the system independently – the FCCS sets up the TurnitinUK in FELS.   Once this has been done, student then upload their finished works.

However, if plagiarism is found, from the point of view of transparency and fairness, all reasonable steps should be taken to alert a student to the fact that his/her work may be subjected to specialist plagiarism detection software. This is in addition to the overall statement included in the student contract which students are required to sign when they are admitted to the College

Turninit Assignment


The deadline time is 16.00 as measured by the FELS/Turnitin computers – this may be different from your computer’s time! Please ensure that your work is complete as you only have the ONE attempt at submission. The only acceptable method of submission is via FELS. All submissions must be in Microsoft Word format (unless you are using specialised fonts in which case you may use Adobe PDF format).

Cover Sheets

Further information on assessment and feedback is available in the Student Information area. Please note it is vital that you use the CORRECT coversheet for your coursework. If you have a special education need (e.g. dyslexia, dyspraxia) that you have notified the College about, then you must contact

Mark Amadi –

Fountain College Style Guide

Guidelines for the Presentation of Written Works

Word length& Layout of Written Assessment

1. Word length

1.1 Undergraduate Essays

The stipulated word-length of Undergraduate coursework essays varies according to the particular task that is set. Please ensure that you follow the guidelines provided in your module outline, and contact the module convenor for clarification if in doubt.

Markers will accept a 10% margin above or below the specified word limit without penalty, but marks will be deducted if the word-count is more than 10% above or below the specified word limit.

1.2 Undergraduate Dissertation

For the Undergraduate Dissertation module for theology students the word length of the dissertation is 8,000 words. Markers will accept a 10% margin above or below this limit without penalty, but marks will be deducted if the word-count is more than 10% above or below 8,000 words.

1.3 Postgraduate Essays

For all taught MA/MSc programmes the word length for essay is 2000 and end -of-year essays is 4,000 words. Markers will accept a 10% margin above or below this limit without penalty, but marks will be deducted if the word-count is more than 10% above or below the stated words

1.4 Postgraduate Dissertation

For all taught MA/MSc programmes the word length for the dissertation is 12,000-15,000 words with no percentage word-allowance below the lower or above the upper limit.

1.5 Specification of Word Count – What is included and excluded from the Total

All taught degrees:

Footnotes, text-boxes, tables and so forth ARE included in the word-count;

Title pages, contents pages, lists of abbreviations, bibliographies and appendices ARE NOT.

If you intend to include an appendix to your essay or dissertation, you are advised to consult your supervisor first. Markers are not required to read appendices.

All work for assessment must be presented in electronic form and submitted via FELS. The arrangements for this are explained to new students at Induction

1. Layout

  1. All written work for assessment may be either 1.5 or double spaced.
  2. Recommended Font & Font size: Arial , font size 12
  3. 2Page-numbering: each page must be numbered consecutively. Use one series of Arabic numerals throughout, i.e. do not use small Roman numerals for preliminary pages.
  4. Coursework: each piece of coursework must be presented with the appropriate cover sheet as the first page, containing all the necessary information, i.e. your name, module code & title, etc.
  5. End-of-year Essay & Dissertation: Please do not include your name anywhere on the coversheet of end-of-year essays or dissertations, ONLY your Student ID number.
  • Please place at the beginning of the essay/dissertation, in this order:

    The appropriate cover sheet

    (For dissertations but optional for essays) a contents page with a list of the headings of chapters and sections and the page number on which each chapter and/or section begins. (This helps the reader to see at a glance that you are in control of your material and your work has a coherent structure.)

    For details of the procedure for uploading coursework, end-of-year essays and dissertations for assessment, please consult the relevant FELS Guide for Students. Further guidance on submitting end-of-year essays and dissertations is available from the Student Information section of FELS.

    Academic guidance

    Fountain students receive an intensive education, taught by academic leaders in their field. The Fountain Colleges provides multi-disciplinary communities within which you are supported and intellectually challenged. Our programmes of study aim to make you think logically, laterally and independently. The Fountain education helps students realize their potential and develop skills for life.

    Academic good practice

    The principles of academic good practice go beyond understanding and avoiding plagiarism, although this is a key part of ensuring the academic integrity of your work. This section contains information and advice on academic good practice, including managing your time efficiently, developing good reading and note taking skills and the importance of referencing correctly.

    Whilst the guidance is primarily aimed at undergraduates, much of it is relevant to graduate students, particularly those with limited experience of academic writing. It is advisable that you also consult your subject handbook and course tutor for specific advice relevant to your discipline.

    What is Referencing?

    Referencing is a system that allows you to acknowledge the contributions of others in your writing. Whenever you use ANY words, ideas or information from ANY source in your assignments, you must reference those sources. This means that if you use the exact words of an author, if you paraphrase their words or if you summarise their ideas, you must provide a reference. Not referencing your sources means you may be charged with plagiarism and your work could be failed.

    Fountain College Referencing Style: Chicago Referencing Style

    The Fountain College uses the Chicago Referencing style but with the location, publisher and date in bracket as shown in the examples below. The Footnote/ Bibliography method requires two elements: footnotes throughout your assignment, and a bibliography or list of references at the end. This style consists of the following elements:

  • citations in the body of the paper, using a superscript (raised) number, generally at the end of a sentence
  • a list of footnotes at the bottom (foot) of each page, for all citations on that page. These are known as endnotes if they appear at the end of a chapter, section or other division (for longer texts, for multi-author texts and for texts intended to be read as separate parts)
  • a bibliography at the end of the paper giving the details of each source referred to and possibly other materials consulted in preparing the paper

    Citing sources

    Superscript numbers with corresponding footnotes should be used whenever information or ideas from sources are discussed. Sources such as books, journals, reports, newspapers, interviews, radio, television and information from the Internet must be acknowledged in text and detailed in footnotes.

    Books Reference:

Ratnagar, S., Trading Encounters: From the Euphrates to the Indus in the Bronze Age,
(New Delhi, Oxford University Press, 2004).


S. Ratnagar, Trading Encounters: From the Euphrates to the Indus in the Bronze Age, (New Delhi, Oxford University Press, 2004), p. 23.