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Turnitin provides originality checking services. OriginalityCheck compares submitted papers for matches or similar text to information available in repositories used by Turnitin. The results of this comparison are displayed in a Similarity Report. Turnitin is used only in a Sakai course.


To add the Turnitin tool to a course:

1. Login to Sakai and open your course. In a Sakai class, go to Site Info > Edit Tools > add the Turnitin Tool. Name it whatever you want, or you can add a name later. Click Continue, and Finish.

Note: Only 1 assignment can be used in a Turnitin tool. To use Turnitin for a second assignment another Turnitin tool must be created. (Repeat step 1 for each assignment you want Turnitin to create a Similarity Report for.)


To create an Assignment in Turnitin:

1. Click on the Turnitin tool and select Settings.

2. Give the Assignment a Title.

3. Provide any instructions.

4. Set the Start/Due/Feedback Dates.

5. Set the Allow submission of any file type to yes.

6. Set Optional settings.

Note:  A number of options, including resubmission, late submission acceptance and when or whether you want students to see the Similarity reports are available under Optional settings.


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Resubmission Note: The first time a student submits a paper, the Similarity report is generated almost immediately; on resubmission, the report isn't generated until 24 hours later. It's a recycle process on the Turnitin end, where the original submission is cleared and the resubmission processed.


***Recommendation: With this setup of Turnitin, there's no real local storage of the students' papers, so it's recommended that you have the students turn papers in twice -- once through Turnitin, and once through Assignments. That way you can tie it to the gradebook and have an original copy of the assignment.

Last Updated: 06/05/18