Turnitin is an online plagiarism checker that runs papers through a series of databases to check for already existing content within a student’s paper. Turnitin can be used for online plagiarism detection, grammar check, and as a grading tool.
Create a Turnitin Assignment
- First, make sure that Edit Mode is set to
- You can only add a Turnitin assignment to a content area. Enter the content area in which you would like to place a Turnitin assignment. In this example, the content area is called Assignments.
- Click the
Assessment button, select
The first time you create a Turnitin assignment, you will need to confirm that you are at least 13 years of age. Click the
I agree – continue button.
Type in the
assignment’s title and
post date for this assignment. In this example, the Turnitin assignment will be called “Plagiarism Checker.”
- In the
Optional Settings menu, there are several controls available, including:
After you have made your selections, scroll down and click
submit.You will receive a confirmation. Click
OK. A new link for the Turnitin Assignment will appear in your course.
- Exclude searching for bibliographic content from student papers
- Exclude searching for quoted content in student papers
- Exclude small matches
- Allow students to see the results
- Select which paper databases you include in the search
Submit a Turnitin Assignment
Enrolled students can submit papers using the link you create, or you can submit papers on a student’s behalf using the “non-enrolled student” option. The “non-enrolled student” option is only available to the instructor.
Note: Using the “Student View” from within the Course Tools area is
not necessary or recommended. Attempting to submit a paper using the Student View will generate a Blackboard Integration Warning error. Follow the steps below to submit the paper.
- Click the
>>View/Complete link to proceed.
- In the first drop-down of the submission form, choose from the four options, as needed:
In the author field, to submit the paper and not associate it with an enrolled student, select “non-enrolled student”. To submit the paper on behalf of a student, click the drop down and select the student’s name from the list.Fill in the first name, last name, and submission title fields.Scroll down and select from the following options:
- Single file upload
- Multiple file upload
- Cut & paste upload
- Zip file upload
When you finish browsing for the document, click
Upload.The paper will load, and Turnitin will show you a version of the document in a textbox. You may review it before clicking the
Confirm button.After the document processes, you will receive a confirmation. Click
Go to Assignment Inbox. You will be taken to the Assignment inbox where all the submissions will be displayed.
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- Choose from Dropbox
- Choose from Google Drive
View Originality Report
- Click the
>> View/Complete link to view your results.
- Once again you will be taken to the submission form. At the top right of the page, click
- In the
Messages area of Turnitin, click the blue
assignment inbox tab at the left.
- This will take you to the list of papers you have submitted. Click the small bar with a percentage number in the
SIMILARITY column to view the originality report.
- A window will pop-up, guiding you through the process of determining the originality of the document.
Reading an Originality Report
The Originality Report is separated into three main areas:
Document viewer frame - shows the Similarity Index for the report and the title and author of the paper
The paper text - the submitted paper’s text in its original formatting. Matching text is highlighted in a color that corresponds to the matching source listed on the right side of the Originality Report
Matching sources/sidebar - the list of matching sources for the highlighted areas of the paper text to the left.
- Click on a highlighted area of text on the left hand (student paper) side. A pop-up window will appear above the highlighted text displaying the matching text within the source of the match.
- Optionally, you may click on the URL link, available on the right side in the
Match Overview. This will bring up a view of the live web site within a new browser tab or window.
- The paper information can be viewed by clicking on the information icon at the bottom left of the document viewer. Print and download options are also available in this area.
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