Using Turnitin with Assignments

Setting up Originality Reports

All Originality Reports are set up from the Turnitin® tab on the Edit Folder page. (For instructions on the Edit Folder page, click see Edit an Assignment). On the Turnitin® tab, you can enable detailed Originality Reports for assignment submissions, control end user visibility, set the Originality Reports' frequency, select which sources to check the submission against, and decide whether the current submission is added to the file index for new submissions to be checked against.

NOTE: You must set Start and End Dates on the assignment's Restrictions tab before turning on OriginalityCheck®.

OriginalityCheck Options

  1. To enable Turnitin®, click the Enable Turnitin for this folder checkbox.Screenshot of Turnitin option
  2. You may select Allow learners to see Turnitin similarity scores in their submission folder.
    Screenshot of OriginalityCheck option
  3. You may change the frequency of your Originality Reports under Frequency.
    Screenshot of Originality Checking Frequency optionsChoose either:
    1. Automatic originality checking on all submissions, which will put all student submissions through Turnitin®,
    2. Identify individual submissions for originality checking, which will allow you to choose which students’ papers are sent through Turnitin®.

  4. Under "GradeMark Available to Learners," enter a date and time that students may access your markup of their papers.
    Screenshot of GradeMark availability date option
  5. Click the More Options in Turnitin button to open a window with additional Turnitin options.
    Screenshot of More Options in Turnitin
  6. Title, Instructions, Max Grade, and Feedback release date are pulled from what you entered into the assignment settings in D2L.
  7. "Allow submission of any file type?" Selecting this checkbox would allow files that Turnitin® can’t read to be turned in. (In this case, the files would be available for download but would not be evaluated for originality.)
  8. The Start Date and End Date will be pulled from the D2L assignment settings. Do NOT set any dates here.

Optional Settings

There are optional settings that allow you more detail.

Optional Settings menu.

Submission Settings

  • The first drop-down under Submission settings will allow you to submit papers to to the standard paper repository. Leave this set to Standard paper repository unless you don’t want the papers to be added to Turnitin’s repository.
  • Allow late submissions will not change the dates you have set in your D2L assignment, and won’t change the acceptance of papers if you have put in both a due date and an end date to allow late papers. This setting defaults to Yes and cannot be changed.
  • Enable grammar checking using ETS® e-rater®  technology?  This will allow automatic checking of the grammar in your students paper. If you check yes, make the choices about how you want that checking done below.
  • Attach a rubric to this assignment: If you have built rubrics inside Turnitin, you can attach one to the assignment. These rubrics are totally separate from D2L rubrics.

Compare against

  • Compare submitted papers against the following sources: select the option(s) you want or accept the default.

Similarity Report

  • Originality Report generation and resubmissions: choose from the dropdown menu how you would like to handle the Originality Report for multiple submissions.
  • Allow students to View Originality Reports: choose yes or no, depending on your preference.
  • Make all the choices you want about what will be excluded from the Originality Report.

Additional Settings

  • Enable PeerMark: Leave this option turned off because PeerMark assignments will not actually work through the D2L Assignment at this time. If you need to use PeerMark, you have assignments submitted through the Turnitin website.
  • Save these settings for future use: This will keep the settings that you have made, so that you don’t have to go through and reset them for each assignment.
  • Click Submit to submit your choices for the optional settings.

Manually submitting files for originality checking

If your assignment folder has Identify individual submissions for originality checking enabled, you will need to manually submit file submissions for originality checking. This is useful if you don’t want to check every file submission for plagiarism, but still want the ability to do so on a case-by-case basis.

  1. Ensure that Identify individual submissions for originality checking is enabled in the properties tab on the New/Edit Folder page.
    Screenshot of Originality Checking Frequency Option
  2. On the Folder Submissions page, click thedecoration Submit file for originality checking icon to the far right.
    Screenshot of Submit file icon

Viewing Originality Reports

View Originality Reports from the Folder Submissions page. When a report is available, the status changes from In-Progress to a percentage rating, which indicates the level of matching content.

Viewing a file submission summary

A lower percentage rating indicates that the content is likely original and has not been copied; a higher percentage rating indicates the content is likely not original and has been copied from another source.

Colors are associated with percentage:

Blue >= 0 and < 20%
Green >= 20 and < 40%
Yellow >= 40 and < 60%
Orange >= 60 and < 80%
Red >= 80 and <= 100%

View an Originality Report for a submission

Click the colored section beside the percentage rating to view the associated Originality Report.

Screenshot of color-coded section or originality report

Opening Originality Reports

The Originality Report is comprised of two panes. The right pane lists all of the matching sources, including the percentage of text that matches and a link to the online content. The left pane displays the submission text using colored highlights to draw attention to the matching content.

TIP: For more detailed help with Originality Reports, click the help link in the top-right corner of the report page within Turnitin.

Screenshot Originality Report Help icon

Files compatible with OriginalityCheck

The following file types are compatible with OriginalityCheck:

PostScript (EPS)
Plain text (TXT)

WordPerfect (WPD)
Acrobat PDF
Rich text (RTF)

 NOTE: If a file type is incompatible with OriginalityCheck, the Information icon displays instead of the percentage rating.