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Turnitin is an intellectual property verification tool that includes features for grading and reviewing student assignments. As a plagiarism checker, Turnitin: flags text that has been identified as closely matching other online resources, including student-submitted work and published articles; displays possible sources where that text is located; and indicates the percentage of a paper that is attributable to other sources. The tool will ideally reduce overt and accidental plagiarism by helping students understand quotation attribution and citations.

SIUE also licenses two additional components of the Turnitin suite:

  • GradeMark - An online tool for grading student work, such as papers, presentations, and images. Turnitin can be configured to analyze or identify spelling, grammatical, or usage errors by enabling the GradeMark e-rater feature within the Turnitin assignment settings.
  • PeerMark - An online tool for distributing student work for electronic peer review.

Instructors can set up Turnitin assignments in their Blackboard courses to let students submit a variety of coursework, including papers. Instructors not using Blackboard can also set up courses on the Turnitin site to let students submit assignments; in this case, both instructors and students will need to create accounts on the Turnitin site. In both instances, if students are submitting text files, the submissions are checked against Turnitin's comprehensive databases of source materials and Originality Reports are generated that list the results of the matching process. Visit the resources below to learn more about using Turnitin in your classes.

Turnitin within Blackboard

Turnitin outside of Blackboard

  Turnitin FAQs

For more information or questions about Turnitin, contact Information Technology Services at (618) 650-5500 or via email at

NEW! iPad App for Turnitin: Instructors can now view and grade student work using the Turnitin App for iPad. This app has all the features of GradeMark, including comments, grading with rubrics, voice comments, view originality reports, and grading offline. Download the latest version at your app store.

Watch the video demonstration or visit Turnitin's Instructor Training page for more information. (SIUE instructors who want to use the Turnitin app outside of Blackboard: see these instructions for creating a Turnitin account using University credentials.)

NOTE: The app is only for instructor use. As of Spring 2014, students cannot use it to upload papers.


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