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Translated Matching

Translated matching is an optional service offered by Turnitin, which allows your students to submit content in a non-English language, whilst retaining the ability to match against our vast database of English language content.

How does Translated Matching work?


When Translated Matching is enabled for an account, Turnitin will identify the language that a paper has been written in. This paper will then be fully translated into English. The resulting English language content is then matched against all the databases that have been activated for the assignment.

If a match is found, this will be displayed alongside any matches we have found in the non-translated version of the paper.


Translated Matching is available for use in our Basic Plugins (Moodle and Blackboard), Direct Plugins (1 and 2.x, Moodle and Blackboard), and through LTI. Other integrations that use the API may, or may not, support Translated Matching.

Supported languages


Arabic, Chinese (simplified), Chinese (traditional), Czech, Danish, Dutch, Farsi, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian Bokmal, Norwegian Nyorsk, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Catalan, and Turkish.

Enabling Translated Matching for your account


Once Translated Matching has been activated, you can control it via your account settings.



Translated Matching must be enabled for your account by your Turnitin representative.


Navigate to the administrator homepage.


Select the cog icon under the Edit heading.


Select Edit account settings.


Under the Allow these Features heading, select the Translated Matching (Beta) checkbox


Hit the Submit button at the bottom of the page to confirm the activation of Translated Matching on your account
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