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Turnitin

Web-based plagiarism detection and prevention system


What is Turnitin?

Web-based plagiarism detection and prevention system available to all faculty and students. Through the turnitin.com web site, faculty, and students have the opportunity to check the originality of their writing assignments.

The Turnitin Plagiarism Detector allows students to submit their papers to the instructor via a link in their Blackboard course site. It compares each student's submitted paper to millions of archived student papers, billions of web pages and thousands of journals, periodicals and books, then returns an Originality Report for each paper submitted. The Originality Report shows which parts of the student paper matches content found through the search and either includes links to the matched content or contact information for the content owner. This report can be made available to students per the instructor's settings.

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How Can It Help Me and/or My Students

The Turnitin Plagiarism Detector allows the instructor to see what parts of a student submission use the same wording as other documents in the Turnitin database. This can save the instructor time when evaluating the originality of student work. Turnitin can also be used as a teaching tool. To do so, allow students to see their Originality Reports and submit their papers multiple times. This will allow students to see what parts of their papers could be considered plagiarized and give them an opportunity to learn from the Originality Report and improve their work.

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What Do I Need to Know Before I Use Turnitin?

Turnitin Assignments can be created in any content area in a Blackboard course site. Turnitin does not have to generate an Originality Report. This choice is made through the instructor's settings when the assignment is created. Per the instructor's settings, Turnitin can provide an Originality Report with a percentage number that indicates how much of the paper is a match to other sources. However, it is still up to the instructor to evaluate the originality report and determine if the student's content should be considered 'plagiarism.'

If an instructor decides to submit a paper for the student, the University policies must be followed. View the University Policy on submitting papers for students.

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Grade a Turnitin Paper with GradeMark

GradeMark allows instructors to provide comments in a student's paper without any downloading or printing. They can open the paper directly through the Blackboard course site, add comments and provide a grade from the same screen. Instructors can create 'QuickMarks' for frequently used comments, then use the drag-and-drop function to insert them into the paper. The comments are automatically available to the student on the post date selected by the instructor. Submitted papers can be downloaded in the original form or with GradeMark comments included.

What are the Benefits of Using GradeMark?

GradeMark makes grading papers efficient and paperless.

  • No Downloading, Printing or Uploading GradeMark is tied directly to Turnitin, which means the instructor doesn't have to download the paper for grading then upload it to return it to the student.
  • Environmentally Friendly GradeMark makes grading truly paperless as all grading is done within the Blackboard course site.
  • Quickly Move to Next Submission Once finished grading a paper, the instructor can move to the next student's paper with one click.
  • Grade Entered into Grade Center from Same Screen The instructor can enter the grade into the Blackboard Grade Center from the same screen they are working in.
  • Tie Grading into Custom Rubrics Instructors can set a criteria, weights and scales of custom rubrics that are tied into GradeMark.
  • View One Comprehensive Report Instructors can easily move between the Originality Check, GradeMark and PeerMark reports to gain a full understanding of the written work.

What Do I Need to Know About GradeMark

To use GradeMark, an instructor must have the students submit their papers through a Turnitin assignment in Blackboard. The instructor will access the submitted papers through the Turnitin Assignments link in the Blackboard course site's Control Panel. He/she can click in any area of the paper to add text or bubble comments. Text can be highlighted and linked to the entered comments. General comments can be added to the end of the paper as well. Use the links to the right to learn how to use GradeMark.

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PeerMark

PeerMark provides a platform for students to evaluate each other's work. Instructors create a set of free response and/or scale questions to guide students as they review their peer's paper. Instructors will see the reviews displayed beside the paper. PeerMark reviews can be downloaded and printed with the paper, any GradeMark comments and the Originality Report, if applicable.

What are the Benefits of Using PeerMark?

  • Peers Learn from Each Other With guiding questions provided by the instructor, peers can provide feedback to each other. They not only learn from feedback on their own papers, but they learn from seeing how other students completed the same assignment.
  • Easily Share Student Work With Classmates Instructors often what students to share their work with each other. PeerMark allows instructors to easily share all student submissions with the whole class.
  • No Downloading, Printing or Uploading PeerMark is tied directly to Turnitin, which means the reviews can be completed and viewed online. (Papers, comments and reviews can be printed if necessary.)
  • Grade Entered into Grade Center from Same Screen The instructor can enter the grade into the Blackboard Grade Center from the same screen they are working in.
  • View One Comprehensive Report Instructors can easily move between the Originality Check, GradeMark and PeerMark reports to gain a full understanding of the written work.

What Do I Need to Know About PeerMark?

To use PeerMark, instructors must have students submit their papers through a Turnitin Assignment in Blackboard. The instructor then creates a PeerMark Assignment based on the original Turnitin Assignment. The instructor has many options with this tool, including:

  • How late students can submit papers without being left out of the review process
  • If students can review papers without having submitted one themselves
  • When peer reviews can be seen by students
  • How papers are distributed (automatically, per instructor's pairing, by student selection)
  • If students can see all other papers and/or reviews

This is not a hands-off evaluation for the instructor. PeerMark does not automatically enter grades for student papers based on the peer reviews. The instructor must go into Blackboard and provide grades for the student papers.

Getting Started with PeerMark

The basic stages of the PeerMark review process are:

  1. Instructor creates a Turnitin assignment.
  2. Instructor creates a PeerMark assignment based on the Turnitin assignment.
  3. Students submit papers to the Turnitin assignment.
  4. On the PeerMark assignment start date, students begin their reviews.
  5. On the PeerMark assignment post date, reviews of students' papers become available for the authors to view.
  6. Instructors view reviews to assign grades to reviewers.

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Tutorials

Step-by-Step Directions

Create a Turnitin Assignment PDF

Grade a Turnitin Assigment PDF

Access GradeMark PDF

Add Comments to a Paper PDF

Add an Inline (Text) Comment PDF

Add QuickMark Editing Marks PDF

Add a Rubric to Turnitin PDF

Attach a Rubric to Turnitin PDF

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