How does Turnitin work?

Instructors can submit students' papers electronically to Turnitin or create a Dropbox folder in Learn@ UWSuperior that allows the students to submit the papers. The papers are checked against the database to determine the originality of the work. A report comes back with a score indicating how likely the paper is to be original work, including the sources of matches found. If the matching source is determined to be from a paper authored by another student, the instructor may then request a copy of the original paper to review. The instructor who is reviewing the paper would seek permission from the instructor whose student's work was listed as a source. Permission must be granted before the paper is released. The Turnitin service does not govern the release of the student's work; it just facilitates the connection between the instructors.