Turnitin is a suite of tools for improving student writing that includes ways of checking the originality of the writing to prevent plagiarism and providing detailed instructor and peer feedback for each student.

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Getting started How do I get started?

If you are using Turnitin for the first time, email turnitin.support@ubc.ca to get set up with an account. If you have an account, log in directly to turnitin.com.

After receiving your account information:

  1. Use the account ID and join password to create your user account on the Turnitin New User Setup page.
  2. Once you set up your user account, you will need to first create a class (i.e., a course) before creating an assignment dropbox. (Note: If you plan to allow TA to access your course, you will need to create a "Master Class" instead).
  3. On the class creation page, enter a class name and an enrolment password. The enrolment password is the password your students will use to enrol in your class. Pick a password that is easy for your students to remember and that contains all lowercase letters.
  4. Once you create a class, you can create an assignment dropbox in your class by clicking on "New Assignment" and following the on-screen instructions.

For more details, check out Turnitin's Instructor Quickstart Guide and Instructor User Manual.

What tools can I use with this?

Turnitin has a suite of internal tools that includes:

  • OriginalityCheck: helps instructors check students’ work for improper citation or potential plagiarism by comparing it against Turnitin’s content databases. Databases contain the current and archived web, more than 337 million student submitted papers, and content from Turnitin’s content partnerships with leading content publishers (including library databases, textbook publishers, digital reference collections, subscription-based publications, homework helper sites, and books).
  • PeerMark: allows for an online peer review environment for students to evaluate each other’s work.
  • GradeMark: provides a paperless, browser-based grading environment for instructors (and teaching assistants). The tool allows instructors to create custom rubrics and QuickMark (a standard mark/comment that can be reused on student papers).

Available support What support is available?

Contact turnitin.support@ubc.ca with questions. Support is provided by the Learning Technology Hub and individual instructional support units.

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