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Turnitin

What is Turnitin?

Turnitin®, a third-party tool, improves the student writing cycle by promoting originality and providing rich feedback to students. Turnitin is a plagiarism detection tool that can be accessed directly from within Blackboard. It is also an excellent assignment collection, grading, and feedback tool. It can also be used as an online collaborative learning tool where students can get feedback from their classmates.

Submitting an Assignment to Turnitin:

Before getting started

  • To submit a paper to an assignment on Turnitin, the user must log in and upload a file to an existing assignment.
  • Assignments in Turnitin cannot accept student submissions until the assignment start date and time has passed.
  • Assignments may also reject submissions after the due date and time set by the instructor.

Accepted file types via Turnitin(opens in new window)

Submitting

  1.  Your instructor will have a link in in the Blackboard course that will have the Turnitin logo and a "View/Complete" button to submit your assignment.Turnitin logo embedded in a Blackboard course with a "View/Complete" button
  2. This will bring you to the Submit Turnitin Assignment window. Select the file you want to upload.
  3. Click the Upload button on the file submission page.Turnitin submission page
  4. Review the preview panel (and congratulate yourself on getting your paper done).
  5. Then, you must click the Confirm button to officially upload the file to the assignment.

Interpreting Originality Reports in Turnitin:

Submit your assignment at least 24 hours before the assignment is due to ensure an Originality Report generates and you have time to make any necessary edits to your assignment.

To view the Originality Report:
1. Go to the assignment and click “view”
2. The Originality Report will appear for that assignment.

If your Originality Report icon is Yellow, Orange, or Red you may need to make sure you have correctly cited sources. If the icon is Green or Blue most of your sources have been cited correctly.

If your Originality Report icon is Yellow, Orange, or Red you may need to make sure you have correctly cited sources. If the icon is Green or Blue most of your sources have been cited correctly.

Originality Reports provide a summary of the matching text found in a submitted paper. When an Originality Report is available to view, an icon will appear in the report column of your assignment inbox. Originality reports that are not yet finished are represented by a grayed-out icon.

NOTE: These indices in no way reflect Turnitin’s assessment of whether a paper has or has not been plagiarized. Originality Reports are simply tools to help you locate potential sources of plagiarism in your submitted papers.

The color of the report icon indicates the overall similarity index of the paper, based on existing sources.

Blue – no matching words
Green – 1 word – 24% matching text
Yellow– 25-49% matching text
Orange – 50-74% matching text
Red – 75-100% matching text