Turnitin is a web-based tool that reviews uploaded student papers against Internet content and previously submitted papers to identify and avoid plagiarism. It also has functions for peer review and instructor feedback.
The plagiarism function works by comparing student papers against Internet content, articles in commercial databases, and all student papers previously submitted to Turnitin. Every paper submitted to this service can be returned with an Originality Report, which highlights matching text that may be plagiarism, and shows sources side-by-side.
Getting a Turnitin Account
A faculty member who desires to use Turnitin but does not yet have an account should submit a ticket to the Help Desk via email or call 903.813.2063, requesting an account be set up. Once an account has been set up, you can create a class space in Turnitin and communicate to students where to upload their papers.
Creating a Class
After logging in, select Instructor (at the top right), then Administator, then Add Class at far right. Enter the data requested in the data entry dialogue box, then click submit. Note the class ID and password for use in communicating with students about how to post papers for the class.
Creating an assignment
An assignment must be created within a class, into which papers may be posted and reviewed. From the class list display, click on the name of the class for which you want to create an assignment, then click Add Assignment at the far right and fill out the dialogue box.
Enabling students to post papers
Students must create their own Turnitin accounts with an individual username and password. The instructor should supply the course ID (provided by Turnitin after you create a class) and a class password.