Turnitin is an intellectual property verification tool. Papers submitted to Turnitin are checked against a comprehensive database of source materials. Originality reports are generated that list the results of the matching process, flagging text identified as closely matching other internet, article, or student resources. Turnitin does not analyze or identify spelling, grammatical, or citation style errors. Instructors who are not using Blackboard and academic support units that need an intellectual property verification tool independent of Blackboard can set up courses on the Turnitin site to let students submit papers; in this case, both instructors and students will need to create accounts on the Turnitin site. The instructions below are intended to help students use this resource outside of Blackboard. Information is also available for using Turnitin inside the Blackboard environment.
If Turnitin is utilized in a course, the instructor is encouraged to inform students via a statement included in the syllabus. Students should remove their names and any other personally identifying information from their papers prior to submission to Turnitin.
Creating a Turnitin Account - To be able to use the service outside of Blackboard, students first need to create an account at Turnitin.com. In order to create that account, they will need the seven digit class ID and enrollment password provided by their instructor. The password for the account at Turnitin should be different from the SIUE e-ID password. ITS will not be responsible for creating or maintaining user accounts or passwords for the Turnitin site. Consult this tutorial for additional information: Turnitin video: Creating an Account
Amending a Turnitin Account - Students with existing Turnitin accounts can join those accounts to their SIUE accounts. Consult this tutorial for additional information: Turnitin video: Joining an Account
Enrolling in a Turnitin Class - In order to submit assignments, students will need to join the appropriate Turnitin class. To join the class, they will need the seven digit class ID and enrollment password provided by their instructor. Consult these tutorials for additional information: Turnitin video: Enrolling in a Class.
Submitting a Turnitin Assignment - To submit a Turnitin assignment:
Students may be permitted one submission per Turnitin assignment or multiple submissions depending upon how the assignment is configured by the instructor. According to the Turnitin site, when multiple submissions are permitted, only one Originality Report will be processed in a 24 hour period; reports "for second or subsequent submissions will require a 24 hour delay before the Originality Report begins processing." Therefore, students should be careful to select the correct file before clicking on the Submit button when multiple submissions are allowed. Instructors may also set up a draft Turnitin assignment allowing students to submit their papers to check for possible plagiarism prior to their final paper submission. Once the final assignment is submitted, it will be stored in Turnitin global student paper repository.
Viewing a Turnitin Originality Report
If the instructor has made the Originality Report accessible to students, they will be able to view it through the same class and assignment link used to submit the Turnitin assignment using the Show details link. The Originality Report is accessed by clicking on the linked percentage figure under the "Originality" heading. Be aware that it might take some time for a report to be generated; it is not instantly available for review as soon as a paper is submitted. If a student’s paper has matching text in the Originality Report, it does not necessarily indicate plagiarism. Turnitin will flag quotes that the student has correctly referenced. Students need to review the report carefully and if the report was based on a draft, make the corrections before submitting the final assignment.
Consult this tutorial for additional information: Turnitin Help Center Video: Viewing an Originality Report
What resources are used by Turnitin to check for plagiarism?
The software checks all submitted papers against:
What file formats does Turnitin support?
Turnitin supports Microsoft Word (.doc & .docx), plain text (TXT), rich text (RTF), PDF, HTML, WordPerfect, PostScript. Files must be less than 20 MB. The maximum paper length is 400 pages.
How do I interpret a Turnitin Originality Report?
Consult this video for details on how to interpret the report.
How many Turnitin Originality Reports can be generated?
According to the Turnitin site, when multiple submissions are permitted, only one Originality Report will be processed in a 24 hour period; reports "for second or subsequent submissions will require a 24 hour delay before the Originality Report begins processing."
What are the technical requirements of Turnitin?
Will there be times when I cannot access Turnitin?
View the Turnitin scheduled maintenance times to see when the system will be unavailable.
For additional information on student usage of Turnitin, view the Turnitin training site or consult the following resources:
For more information about or additional help with Turnitin, contact Information Technology Services at (618) 650-5500 or via email at email@example.com.