Turnitin (Originality Checker)
Turnitin is an originality checker and grading software suite available to University of Minnesota instructors.
It can be used through Moodle or directly by going directly to Turnitin. Turnitin allows students to submit papers
themselves and instructors to submit papers without student involvement.
Student work submitted to the Turnitin Assignment tool can be checked against various databases:
- stored student papers
- journals, periodicals, and publications
After student work is checked, Turnitin produces a report that shows matching sequences of words in the
submitted assignment, any matching sources, and the percentage of matching words.
You can use GradeMark with Turnitin assignments. Grades in Turnitin assignments in Moodle appear in the Moodle
This service offering is part of our Academic Technology Tools services.
Add a Turnitin Assignment to Moodle
- Click the Turn Editing on button on the course homepage.
- In any topic/week, click on Add an activity or resource.
- Under Activities, select Turnitin assignment. Click the Add button at the bottom. The Adding a new
Turnitin Assignment screen will appear.
- Enter a title for the assignment in the Turnitin Assignment Name field and enter a description of the
assignment in the Summary field.
- Select the Submission Type for the assignment.
- Make other selections.
- Click Save and Display at the bottom of the screen.
- Turn update the assignment settings, click the Update this Turnitin Assignment button
on the upper right.
Modify Start, Due, Post Dates and Max Marks
- In the Summary tab of the Turnitin assignment, click on the pencil icon to the right of the dates for
- Use the Start Date and Due Date pull down menus to select the new dates for the assignment. The
start date will by default be set to the date and time the assignment was created. The due date will by
default be set to a week after the start date.
- Use the Post Date drop down menus to select the post date. Once all the dates have been set click
on the check mark icon. The post date is the date when marks/grades will be released to students.
- Click the Submit button at the bottom of the screen.
Submit Student Papers
Click the Turnitin assignment link for which you want to submit a paper.
- In the Turnitin assignment, click the Submit Paper tab.
- If necessary, select the Submission Type from the drop-down menu.
- Select a Student’s Name from the drop-down menu.
- Enter a title for the submission on the Submission Title text box.
- Click Choose File to browse for the file you want to upload.
- Click Add Submission. The Submission Inbox tab opens.
- Click Refresh Submissions. The submitted paper appears in the Student Submission listing.
Generate Unique Class code for Grading on iPad
- From your computer sign in to Moodle.
- Open the TurnItIn assignment on your course.
- From the Submission InBox tab select the pencil icon next to the grade to enter QuickMark.
- In the bottom left corner of this window, select the iPad access button.
- Click Generate code (this will display your unique class access code).
- On your iPad, tap the Access Code button in the TurnItIn application.
- Type in the class access code and select Add.
View Originality Reports / Grade Assignments
- Click on the Turnitin assignment name.
- Click on the Submission Inbox tab
- For any student, click the icon in the Similarity column to view the originality report for
- Click the pencil icon in the Grade column to enter a grade for that submission. The grade entry box
is in the far upper right.
Note that clicking either icon opens the same window with different tabs for Originality and GradeMark.
While an originality report is generating, the Originality Report icon will appear in gray. While
originality reports for a student's initial submission to an assignment will generate within ten minutes
of the submission, originality reports for resubmissions to an assignment can take up to 24 hours
If the instructor has allowed students to view originality reports for their submissions, students will
be able to access their originality reports in their My Submissions tab for the Turnitin assignment.
Warning: These indices do not reflect Turnitin's assessment of whether a paper has or has not been
plagiarized. Originality Reports are simply a tool to help an instructor find sources that contain text
similar to submitted papers.
The decision to deem any work plagiarized must be made carefully, and only after in depth examination
of both the submitted paper and suspect sources in accordance with the standards of the class and
institution where the paper was submitted.
Create Assignments at Turnitin.com
You can also create, submit, and grade Turnitin assignments outside of Moodle by going directly to Turnitin.
You can view Turnitin assignments created in Moodle here, but they are Read Only and can only be edited
or graded from the Turnitin assignment in Moodle.
- Go to shibboleth.turnitin.com.
- From the Make your selection here drop-down menu, select University of Minnesota. Click Next.
- If you already have a password, enter it in the box and click Save. (Otherwise click Retrieve your password
and enter your email address and last Name to have a password emailed to you.)
The All Classes tab will show you existing sites, whether created in the UofM Moodle or here. You can also
create classes by clicking the +Add Class button on the right.
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