Intro to TurnItIn
What can Turnitin do?
- Accept multiple file types
- Allow teachers to set specific submission criteria
- Assignment date, due date, post date (for turning back graded papers w/ teacher feedback)
- Submissions locked or allowed after the due date
- Generate similarity report
- Allow students to see report (or not)
- students can view similarity report immediately
- students can immediate view similarity report, can make changes and then resubmit
- students receive similarity report after due date has passed
- Exclude bibliographic materials from similarity index
- Exclude quoted materials from Similarity Index
- Exclude small sources (a small # or % of similar words)
- Attach a rubric/grading form to the assignment
- Enable grammar, spelling, usage, mechanics, and/or style checking
- Leave feedback on student papers
- Teacher comments
- Quickmark options for commonly used feedback
- Voice recorded feedback messages
- Score with a rubric or grading form
- Choose from ready-made rubrics/grading forms, upload a rubric/grading form, or create a new rubric/grading form
- Scoring can be standard, qualitative, or custom
- Report data about the submission
- Word count, character count, page count
- # of comments or quickmarks left on the paper
- # of submission attempts
- Run Similarity Index tests
- Show the type and origin of the similar sections
- Create a list of all sources
- Filter similarity parameters
- Assign a grade to a paper
- Allow resubmissions after changes have been made to fix errors or similarities
- Integrate with the Infinite Campus Gradebook
What can’t Turnitin do?
- Export grades to the gradebook
- Integrate with dual-grading in the Infinite Campus gradebook
- Detect plagiarism
- The originality report shows the paper's text highlighted with any text that matches sources found in the Turnitin databases (containing vast amounts of web content, previously submitted papers, and subscription-based journals and publications). It is up to the person looking at the matches to make an informed evaluation of the student’s work.
How to use Turnitin→ as a teacher (Quick Start Guide)
- Add a class
- Add an assignment
- Submit papers as an instructor (optional)
- Access the submission inbox
- View Similarity reports
- Leave feedback (before the posting date!)
How to use Turnitin→ as a student (Quick Start Guide) (Getting Started Video)
- Create an account/Register with a Class ID and join key
- Access the assignment inbox
- Submit a paper (upload is recommended over copy/paste)
- View the similarity report
- View instructor feedback
It is important to realize that the Similarity Index is NOT a "plagiarism index" – there is no score that is inherently "good" or "bad". 0% does not necessarily mean that everything is OK with the student's paper and 75% does not necessarily mean that the student should flunk. You have to look at the report and decide: what is going on here?
The Turnitin originality report shows the paper's text highlighted with any text that matches sources found in the Turnitin databases containing vast amounts of web content, previously submitted papers, and subscription-based journals and publications.
It is up to the person looking at the matches to decide whether the writer's intent matters. Some people care about intent; others do not. Sometimes it matters; sometimes it doesn't.
Since plagiarism is one of those topics that gets people all riled up (like politics and religion), there is no shortage of discussion on what it is, why it is complicated, and what to do about it. This is an important conversation with lots of shades of distinction – and that conversation should continue as today's "digital natives" have become the "new normal" and they have a very different way of relating to content.
So does Turnitin detect plagiarism? No - Turnitin offers a tool that helps educators (and their students) make informed evaluations of student work rapidly and move on to the important task of discerning what their students need in the way of instruction, correction or judicial action.