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Creating a Turnitin Account

Submitting Turnitin Assignments and Viewing Originality Reports

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Using Turnitin Outside of Blackboard - Students

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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.

If your class is using Blackboard, Turnitin assignments might be submitted through your Blackboard course. Ask your instructor if you are unsure if you are submitting assignments through Turnitin's website or through Blackboard.

Creating a Turnitin Account

To use the service outside of Blackboard, students first need to create an account at Students will need the seven digit class ID and enrollment password provided by the instructor. The password for the account at Turnitin should be different from the SIUE e-ID password. ITS is not 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 Turnitin Assignments

  1. Complete the assignment and save the file in an acceptable format.
  2. Click on the name of the class.
  3. Click the Submit button.
  4. Once the Turnitin page opens, read the user agreement, acknowledge you are at least 13 years of age, and click on the I agree--continue button.
  5. Choose the "submission method," enter a "submission title," click the Browse button in the "browse for the file to upload" area to select the file on the local or external drive, and then click the upload button. An acknowledgement that the paper has been successfully uploaded will be generated. A new screen will open with a preview of the paper. Click on the submit button on the "Step 2 of 2" screen to complete the submission process.
  6. A confirmation screen will appear including a unique paper ID. Save a copy of this screen.

Consult this tutorial for additional information: Turnitin video: Submitting a Paper Consult the printable PDF handout for step-by-step instructions.

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

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Additional Resources

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

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