Faculty Documentation: Best Practices for Turnitin Integration

Overview: Testing
  • Faculty can use the Turnitin.com plagiarism prevention program directly from the Assignments tool in iLearn.  

  • As the system runs student papers through the database, it generates a report that identifies sources for quoted or copied material. 

  • Using the Turnitin.com integration makes it possible for the faculty to deter plagiarism, verify sources, investigate the originality of student work and provide a resource to assist in teaching research and writing skills.


How to incorporate Turnitin.com into Assignments

1. Create assignments as you would normally. Choose Single Upload File Only for student submissions.

WARNING: The integration will work only if you have selected Single Upload File Only. 


2. Scroll down and select the preferred Turnitin.com options, then post assignment.

  • Generate originality report- creates a report from Turnitin.com

  • Allow student viewing - students can use reports to check work and resubmit assignments after correcting any instances of plagiarism


NOTE: Instructors must check the Allow Resubmission box for students to resubmit work.


Viewing Originality Reports

1. Click Grade next to the assignment, and then click on the icon under Turnitin.com. 


NOTE: These reports do not immediately display. They take time to run through the database and load. During peak times of the semester, such as finals week, these reports could take upwards of an hour to load.   


2. Scroll over the icon to see the percentage coming from other sources. 

NOTE: This percentage does not take into account sources properly cited.


3. The Report shows sections from other sources, and they are color-coded.


NOTE: In the example below, the essay had a 100% text match.


NOTE: In the example below, the essay had a 0% text match. 


4. Reading the entire paper will ensure that students get credit for proper citations and quotations.


NOTE: With an Access Code, you can use the Turnitin for iPad app to read assignments and see the originality reports. Also, Turnitin has another feature called Grademark, which allows you add verbal and voice comments to a student's assignment and apply grading rubrics. If you want to know more about these features, please contact the Help Desk for a consult.


Sample Course Syllabus Statement for Turnitin.com

Academic Dishonesty:

  • Students are expected to uphold the school's standard of conduct relating to academic honesty (please refer to the Marist College Student handbook for detailed information on the definitions and consequences for cheating and plagiarism). Students assume full responsibility for the content and integrity of the academic work they submit. The guiding principle of academic integrity shall be that a student's submitted work, examinations, reports, and projects must be that of the student's own work. Students shall be guilty of violating the honor code if they:

  • Represent the work of others as their own.

  • Use or obtain unauthorized assistance in any academic work.

  •  Give unauthorized assistance to other students.

  • Modify, without instructor approval, an examination, paper, record, or report for the purpose of obtaining additional credit.

  • Misrepresent the content of submitted work.

  • Evidence of cheating or plagiarism (e.g., presentation or written submission of other's ideas or work without proper citation) will result in a grade of "F" for that particular assignment. Multiple incidences of plagiarism or cheating will result in a grade of "F" for this course. If a student is unclear about whether a particular situation may constitute an honor code violation, the student should meet with the instructor to discuss the situation.


Plagiarism Prevention:

Marist College is committed to the fundamental values of preserving academic honesty as defined in the Student Handbook. The instructor reserves the right to utilize electronic means to help prevent plagiarism. Students agree that by taking this course all assignments are subject to submission for textual similarity review to Turnitin.com. Assignments submitted to Turnitin.com will be included as source documents in Turnitin.com's restricted access database solely for the purpose of detecting plagiarism in such documents.  Additional information about this system can be found at http://turnitin.com. 

IMPORTANT: Students are encouraged to review the resources at: http://www.plagiarism.org/ which will provide you with the information on how to properly cite sources and understand what is meant by plagiarism.