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Turnitin is software used to identify text in a submitted paper that matches text in other sources and to provide feedback on student papers. Turnitin can be used directly within Blackboard.

What is Turnitin?

Turnitin gives you the ability to generate originality reports, which indicate the percentage of matching text in a student paper compared to online journals, periodicals, websites, and the Turnitin repository. The tool highlights matching text so faculty and students are able to see which portions of text match other sources.

Turnitin is a learning tool. In an effort to promote academic integrity and provide students with a clear visual of the amount of text that may directly match other sources in their written work, Turnitin assignments may be useful. If you choose to enable students to view their originality reports and re-submit before the due date, they can identify areas in which they neglected to properly paraphrase or summarize before the final draft is submitted.

You might also be interested in utilizing Turnitin’s feedback tools. You can can provide inline comments, use embedded rubrics and add voice notes in Turnitin assignments. Turnitin also offers peer graded assignment and revision assignment options.

Use of Turnitin

The use of Turnitin is not mandatory. If you choose to use it in your course, it should be noted on your course outline.

Students have the option to opt out of using Turnitin. If students choose this option, they must arrange with you other alternative ways to show that their work is original (examples: drafts of their work, an annotated bibliography, etcetera). A cover sheet is also available. For more on this please visit the Course Outline Template and Turnitin page on the Ontario Tech University Academic Integrity site.

Turnitin can only be used for assignments in courses you are teaching or enrolled in as a student at the university. It cannot be used for non-course related papers. 

Getting Started

If you have not used Turnitin before as an instructor or could use support, please contact the Teaching and Learning Centre before getting started.

You can begin to use Turnitin directly within your Blackboard courses. By selecting the Assessments tab in any content area in your course, you can choose Turnitin Assignment and begin creating your assignment. Turnitin assignments created within Blackboard will be linked to the Grade Centre. Once students submit their work through the Turnitin Assignment in a content area in your course, you and any other graders in the course can access submitted attempts through the Grade Centre.

Turnitin Resources

For Instructors

For Students

Help and Support

If you’d like one-on-one support using Turnitin, book an appointment with a Teaching and Learning Centre staff by filling out a:

Support Request Form

It is useful to discuss the various settings that can be applied within Turnitin assignments and to understand how those settings may affect the originality reports that are produced. 

Please visit Turnitin's System Requirements page for more information on supported browsers and other technical requirements. Students should avoid using Safari 12 when submitting Turnitin assignments.

For technical support contact the IT Service Desk.