Checking Assignments for Plagiarism

Setting up Originality Reports

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

NOTE: You must set Start and End Dates on the Restrictions tab of the dropbox before turning on OriginalityCheck®

OriginalityCheck OptionsIndicates checkbox enabling Turnitin.

  1. To enable Turnitin®, click the Enable Turnitin for this folder checkbox.

  1. Indicates checkbox for allowing learners to see their originality score.You may select Allow learners to see Turnitin similarity scores in their dropbox folder.

  1. Indicates frequency choices.You may change the frequency of your Originality Reports under Frequency. Choose either:
    1. Automatic originality checking on all submissions, which will put all student submissions through Turnitin®.
    2. Indicates availability choices.Identify individual submissions for originality checking, which will allow you to choose which students’ papers are sent through Turnitin®.
  2. Under "GradeMark Available to Learners," enter a date and time that students may access your markup of their papers.Indicates dropbox settings pulled from current dropbox.
  3. Click the More Options in Turnitin button to open a window with additional Turnitin options.

  1. Title, Instructions, Max Grade, and Feedback release date are pulled from what you entered into the dropbox settings in Brightspace.
  2. "Allow submission of any file type?" Selecting Yes 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.)
  3. The Start Date and End Date will be pulled from the Brightspace dropbox settings. Do NOT set any dates here.

Optional Settings

Indicates Optional Settings link.

There are optional settings that allow you more detail.

  1. Shows Optional Setting optionsAllow late submissions will not change the dates you have set in your Brightspace dropbox, 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.
  2. Compare submitted papers against the following sources: do not select the second option (Institution student paper repository); that will give you an error when you try to submit.
  3. Originality Report generation and resubmissions: choose from the dropdown menu how you would like to handle the Originality Report for multiple submissions.
  4. Shows more Optional Setting optionsMake all the choices you want about what will be excluded from the Originality Report.
  5. Allow students to View Originality Reports: choose yes or no, depending on your preference.
  6. Submissions to this assignment will be stored in: leave this set to Standard paper repository unless you don’t want the papers to be added to Turnitin’s repository.
  7. Shows PeerMark optionsAdd PeerMark assignments: Leave this option set to No because PeerMark assignments will not actually work through the Brightspace Dropbox at this time. If you need to use PeerMark, you can use the External Learning Tool for Turnitin.
  8. 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 Brightspace rubrics.
  9. Shows Grammar checking optionsEnable 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.
  10. Would you like to save these options as your defaults for future assignments? This will keep the settings that you have made, so that you don’t have to go through and reset them for each dropbox.
  11. Click Submit to submit your choices for the optional settings.

Manually submitting files for originality checking

Shows frequency optionsIf your dropbox 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. Indicates file submission icon.Ensure that Identify individual submissions for originality checking is enabled in the properties tab on the New/Edit Dropbox page.
  2. On the Folder Submissions page, click thedecoration Submit file for originality checking icon to the far right.

Excluding Students from Turnitin SubmissionIndicates Manage Preferences options location.

You can exempt individual students from having their assignments checked by Turnitin when they are submitted to a dropbox folder.

  1. Click on Assessments and choose Dropbox.
  2. Click on More Actions in the top left of the screen and choose Manage Preference for Turnitin®.
  3. Indicates Manage Preferences options.On the Manage Preference for Turnitin® page, you will see a list of students with a green check mark next to each name. To exclude a student from having dropbox submissions submitted to Turnitin, click the button next to the green check mark and it will become a gray X. That student’s papers will no longer be submitted to Turnitin for any dropbox.

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%Indicates color coding of scores.
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.

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.

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.