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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How do I get started?

Set Up Your Instructor Account

If you are using Turnitin for the first time as an instructor

After your account is created:

  • You will receive and email containing a link to validate your account
  • After you validate your account, you will receive a second email with a link at which you'll be able to set your password (no longer than 12 characters)
  • After you set your password, you'll need to set a security question

Once you have setup your user account:

  • You will need to first create a class (i.e., a course) before creating an assignment dropbox.
  • To provide a TA access to your course, you will need to create a "Master Class" instead.
  • 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 you to remember.

Informing Your Students

Please let your students know the following account setup and privacy information.

Student Account Setup

To submit your paper on www.turnitin.com, you will need to create a unique user profile, consisting of a username (e-mail address) and password.

          Important Privacy Information
          Information submitted to Turnitin is stored in the United States.
          Remove identifying information, such as your name and student number, from the text of any assignment submitted to Turnitin. 

In order to protect your privacy, please follow these instructions.

  1. Create an anonymous email address using one of the available free services.
  2. Go to www.turnitin.com.
  3. At the top right, go to Create Account and select Student.
  4. Enter the Class ID and Enrolment Password given to you by your instructor.
  5. Create an alias or pseudonym. Please remember to let your instructor know your alias.

You can submit a paper in two ways:

  • File Upload - Turnitin currently accepts submissions in Microsoft Word, WordPerfect, RTF, PDF, PostScript, plain text, and HTML formats.
  • Cut and Paste - You can cut and paste the text of your submission into a text box.
Removing Identifying Information

Please delete any identifying information from the original document prior to uploading it. This includes your name and student number in the document, as well as any metadata or hidden data that might be stored in the document itself.

To remove metadata from your Microsoft Word document:

  • Windows: You can remove the hidden data by using Microsoft Word's Document Inspector.
  • Mac: You can remove the hidden data by clicking on Word > Preferences > Security, then selecting Remove personal information from this file on save.

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).

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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