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Turnitin is a helpful tool that lets instructors check for originality in assignments. Students can receive originality scores, feedback, grades, and peer reviews from Turnitin, depending on what the instructor wants to do.

Finding a Turnitin Assignment:

1. Turnitin assignments on Moodle will look similar to this on the course home page. Click on this link to be taken to the assignment.

The icon for Turnitin is a piece of paper with an arrow going around it. The assignment will show up on the course's main page.

2. After clicking on the assignment you will see this page. From here you can see important information about the assignment and also submit it to your instructor.

The assignment page allows you to submit your paper and see information such as the due date.

3. Towards the top you will see a list of three dates. Start Date is the date you can start to submit the assignments. Due date lists the date that submissions will be cut off. Post date lists the date that the grade and feedback from the instructor for the assignment will be viewable.

The dates for the assignment are shown towards the top of the assignment page.

Submitting a Paper:

1. On the main page of the assignment, scroll towards the bottom until you see the table that lists submission information. One of the options will be to submit paper. When ready, click this to start submitting.

Select Submit Paper to start uploading.

2. After clicking submit paper you will be given options for how to submit. Generally you will want to make sure that the “submission type” is file upload. After this you will give your submission a title. This helps identify the paper later. If you are submitting a file you will either need to drag a file onto the upload area or click the upload button and choose a file to submit.

Select whether this is a text or file submission, give the paper a name, and upload your paper.

3. Many instructors require that you select that you must agree to the submission. This is to affirm that what you are submitting is your own work. Make sure that this checkbox is checked. After this you will be able to click “Add Submission”.

Make sure to confirm that you did original work, and then click the Add Submission button.

4. After you click “Add Submission” you will need to wait while it is sent to Turnitin. After you submit, you should get a digital receipt confirming that Turnitin has received your submission. If not you may need to try again or check that you submission is listed on the assignment page.

A receipt confirms the submission was recorded to Turnitin

Viewing Feedback:

1. After submitting, you will be able to see information about your paper. You can open it in Turnitin to see feedback and more information by either clicking the name you gave the paper or by clicking your originality score.

A paper can be opened by clicking on the Originality score or the paper name

2. To see feedback after the post date, open your paper in Turnitin and click the blue icon with a discussion bubble on the right. After this you will be able to see highlights, correction marks, and comments from your instructor on top of your paper.

After selecting the feedback option on the right, you will see comments and corrections from your instructor

3. While looking at your feedback you can also click “View Rubric” in the top right. This allows you to see how your paper was graded.

The discussion bubble allows you to see the View Rubric option.

4. After clicking “View Rubric”, you will see a grid view of the rubric, with the selections your instructor made highlighted.

The rubric shows a grid of criteria that you were graded on.

5. While viewing your paper you can click the red number beneath the feedback option to see what was caught by the originality checker. Different instructors have different required values for this. Generally lower is better. Some items such as book quotes, even if cited, can show up, which means that having a score other than zero can be normal, especially with cited information.

A general overview of matches gives the biggest matches

6. On your paper while looking at the originality information certain areas will be highlighted. This indicates the area that was found by Turnitin. The number next to the highlighted area refers to the area of the screen shown above.

Matches to other sources are highlighted.

7. Clicking the bars in the originality section will give you more information about what Turnitin found, including smaller matches.

A breakdown of matches to other sources

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