How do I use the Turnitin plagiarism service to check the originality of papers?
Tufts University has a University-wide contract with the Turnitin plagiarism detection service.
Instructors can arrange to have papers submitted to the Trunk Assignments tool checked, by Turnitin, for potential unoriginal content by comparing submitted papers to several databases using a proprietary algorithm. Turnitin scans the Internet, its own databases, and also has licensing agreements with large academic proprietary databases. Instructors receive (in the Trunk Assignments tool) an “Originality Report” from Turnitin for each student submission.
Turnitin can be used only once per assignment. If you have students submitting a "draft" paper assignment and assign a Turnitin originality report to it, you will need to create a second assignment for Turnitin to check the final draft of the paper.
The Tufts contract with Turnitin is an instructor only service. Students cannot check their own papers via Turnitin without an instructor created assignment.
Note: When Turnitin is used on an assignment, students will have a note on their assignment form indicating that the assignment will be checked by the Turnitin plagiarism service.
To use Turnitin:
Under Assignment, name the assignments, add dates and select "Single Uploaded File Only"
Under Turnitin Service, checkmark "Use Turnitin".
Select the appropriate Turnitin options
1- Submit papers to the following repository:
- Selecting "None" means that after the originality check has been performed on the paper, the paper will not go into Turnitin's paper repository. This might be a good choice if the assignment is for a "draft" paper. If "none" is selected, the second version of the paper submitted (on a different assignment) will not be checked against the draft version the same paper.
- Selecting "Standard Paper Repository" means that after the originality check has been performed on the paper, the paper will go into Turnitin's paper repository. Other papers submitted to Turnitin (anywhere in the world) will be checked against it.
2- Generate originality reports:
- Selecting "Immediately" will cause a copy of the submitted paper to be sent immediately to Turnitin.com. Turnitin.com will create an originality report and sent it back to the Trunk assignment for the instructor to view. This process usually takes about 15-20 minutes, depending on the length of the paper.
- Selecting "On Due Date" will delay sending copies of the paper to Turnitin until the assignment due date/time. Turnitin.com will create an originality reports and sent them back to the Trunk assignment for the instructor to view. This process usually takes about 15-20 minutes for each submission, depending on the length of the paper.
3- Allow students to view report: If checked, students will be able to see a copy of the Turnitin originality report (in addition to the instructor). A link to the originality report (when it is completed) will be located on the student's view of the completed assignment. However, Note: students will not know in advance of their submitting their assignment file if the instructor is using the Turnitin service on an assignment even if they have access to the returned originality report. You may want to inform your students as to your use of Turnitin.
4- Check originality against:
- If "Turnitin paper repository" is checked, Turnitin will compare the submitted text against all papers exising in their world-wide database of submitted papers.
- If "Current and archived internet" is checked, Trunitin will compare the submitted text against all current and archived text located on the public Internet.
- If "Periodicals, journals, and publications" is checked, Turnitin will compare the submitted text agaist their extensive database of periodicals, journals, and publications
- There is no Tufts "Institution-specific repository".