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Turnitin checks students' work for improper citation or potential plagiarism. Files submitted to a Turnitin assignment are compared to an ever-growing database of web pages, newspapers, journals, books, and other students' papers. Each paper's comparison results are displayed with a color-coded chart indicating where similar blocks of text appear in Turnitin's database.

Turnitin includes a grading tool called Feedback Studio, which allows for online comments and feedback to be added directly to a student's submission. Instructors may also assign a grade to the student in Feedback Studio, which automatically flows to the Grade Center in Learn.

Instructors can create a Turnitin assignment in any content area of a course by going to the Assessments button, and selecting Turnitin Direct Assignment.

Hints and Tips

  • After copying a course, Turnitin assignments must be recycled before students can use them. Instructors can access the recycle option by clicking on any Turnitin assignment in the course. The dates of the assignment will likely need to be updated.
  • All grading for Turnitin assignments should be done through Feedback Studio. Instructors can access this by clicking on the assignment within the course, and then clicking on the title of a student's submission.
  • Instructors can set a Post Date on their assignments, which controls when students can view comments on their submission. Even when instructors allow students to see their grades immediately, the comment visibility is still dependent on the Post Date. Instructors can modify their Post Date by accessing the assignment, and then clicking on Edit Parts.