Enable Turnitin for an Assignment

Turnitin is an internet-based originality checking and plagiarism prevention service that allows instructors to verify the originality of text. Turnitin’s service compares text submitted by students with sources available on the web, and with materials archived in Turnitin’s databases. We recommend using Turnitin as a teaching tool to educate students about plagiarism, and to help them learn and practice proper citation.

  1. On the nav bar, click the Activities menu, then select Assignments.
    Assignments on Nav Bar
  2. If you haven’t already, follow the steps to Create an Assignment.
  3. On the Assignments page, from the context menu of the assignment in which you want to enable Turnitin, click Edit Assignment.
    Edit Assignment
  4. We recommend that you first Set Due Dates and Availability for an Assignment prior to enabling Turnitin. Dates set in the Assignment carry over to Turnitin.
  5. Select the title on the Evaluation and Feedback panel to expand these options and set your preferences.
    Assignment Evaluation and Feedback
  6. Under Turnitin Integration, click Manage TurnItIn.
    Assignment Manage Turnitin
  7. A pop up window will display. Check the box for Enable GradeMark® for this assignment. Enabling GradeMark® will allow grading and inline feedback, and must be enabled to use Originality Check®.
    Assignments TurnItIn Enable Grademark
  8. Select one of the following Transfer options:
    Assignments TurnItIn Transfer

    • (Default) Automatically sync grades as Draft in Brightspace. (Where there are multiple submissions, the score on the most recently submitted assignment will be transferred. Instructors have the option of manually updating to another score.)
    • Manually sync grades as Draft in Brightspace.
  9. Check the box for Enable Originality Check® for this assignment. Originality Check® provides plagiarism detection. To enable Originality Check®, GradeMark® must first be enabled.
    Assignments TurnItIn OriginalityCheck
  10. Recommended: Check the box for Allow learners to see Turnitin similarity scores in their assignment. This will allow students to see the similarity report, as well as feedback and comments you provide in Turnitin’s Feedback Studio.
    Assignments TII Allow learnings to see
  11. Either select Automatic originality checking on all submissions (Recommended), or Identify individual submissions for originality checking.
    turnitin frequency
  12. Click Save to retain these setting, then click More Options in Turnitin. This opens the Turnitin Assignment window.
    Assignments More Options
  13. In the Turnitin Assignment window, select Optional Settings to configure the following settings. Note: Some settings, such as Title and Max Grade are disabled and can only be set/changed within the Assignment Properties and Restrictions tabs.
    Turnitin optional settings

    • Submission settings. Select from the following settings:
      • Select the option from the dropdown menu for storing paper submissions:
        • Standard paper repository (recommended for final papers)
        • Do not store the submitted papers (recommended for draft assignments).
      • Allow submissions of any file type. If this is selected, instructors can leave feedback on and download submitted files, but Turnitin may not be able to generate similarity reports or display the uploaded file within the Document Viewer. See which file types can have Similarity Reports generated.
      • Allow late submissions. This is checked by default.
      • Optional: Enable grammar checking using ETS e-rater technology. When enabled, submissions viewed within GradeMark will also contain feedback marks for grammar and other writing traits.
        TurnItIn eRater Settings

          • Select the ETS handbook: Advanced, High School (default setting), Middle School, Elementary, and English LearnersETS Handbook
          •  Select the Dictionary preference: US English Dictionary, UK English Dictionary, or Both US and UK Dictionaries
          • Choose the categories enabled by default: Spelling, Grammar, Usage, Mechanics, and/or Style. (note: by default, all are checked).
      • Attach a rubric. This is optional. We recommend using the Rubrics tool in TCU Online rather than this rubric.
        Submissions Settings in TurnItIn
      • Compare against. Select any of the following options against which to compare a submitted paper:
        • Student paper repository
        • Current and archived web site content
        • Periodicals, journals and publications
      • Similarity Report. Select from the following settings:
        • Select the option from the dropdown menu for when reports are generated:
          • Generate reports immediately (students cannot resubmit)
          • Generate reports immediately (students can resubmit until due date): After 3 submissions, reports generate every 24 hours
          • Generate reports on due date (students can resubmit until due date)
        • Allow students to view Similarity Reports. This is selected by default if it was selected on the previous page.
        • Select if you want to exclude any of the following:
          • Exclude bibliographic materials
          • Exclude quoted materials
        • Exclude small sources
          Turnitin Similarity report options
      • Exclude assignment template – Upload or create a template of text to be automatically excluded from the Similarity Report. Click either Upload Template to upload a file, or click Create Custom Template. This feature is useful if all students will include the same information in their submitted papers. The content of the template will be excluded from the similarity report. Learn more about Excluding Assignment Templates.
        Turnitin exclude assignment template
      • Additional settings. Check the box to save these settings for future use if desired.
        Turnitin additional settings
  14. Click Submit.
  15. Click Save and Close on the Edit Assignment page if you are finished editing the assignment.

Turnitin FAQ

  • When creating a new assignment, the name of the assignment in Turnitin truncates after 99 characters, even though the Name field accepts 128 characters.
  • When you copy course components from one course to another, confirm that all settings are configured for the Turnitin-enabled assignments in the new course.
  • If you want students to see instructions on the Submit Files page, you must enter them into the Instructions rich text field in the Properties tab. These instructions are automatically transferred into Turnitin. Any instructions you enter in the Properties tab overwrite instructions entered into Turnitin.
  • If GradeMark is activated for your org unit, the GradeMark Available to Students date will default to the current date and time, plus 7 days. In the Restrictions tab, if you select “Has End Date”, the GradeMark Available to students date automatically sets to the end date, plus 1 day. You can change either of these dates if needed.
  • If you want students to see their Similarity Score:
    • In the Turnitin tab, ensure Allow students to see Turnitin similarity scores in their submission is selected.
    • In the Turnitin tab, if you select Allow students to see Turnitin similarity scores in their submission, the equivalent option in Turnitin called Allow students to view Similarity Reports is automatically set to Yes.
  • In Turnitin, under Optional Settings, Allow late submissions? defaults to Yes. This means you don’t need to change end dates to allow students to submit late assignments.
  • In Turnitin, under Optional Settings, the Student paper repository option is disabled by default. This is so that Turnitin doesn’t think submissions from members of the same group are plagiarized.