Turnitin Quick Guide

Create a New Class

As an instructor, you can create a class in your Turnitin account by clicking on the "Add a Class" button in the upper right of your home page. (See image

On the create a new class screen, fill out all the class information:

  1. Class Type:  Select Standard Class or Master Class.
  2. Class Name:  Enter the course number, name, section number and semester (ENGL 101 Freshman English I Sec 001 Spr09).
  3. Enrollment Password:  Enter a password the students will use to join the class.  Your class ID will automatically be created.  Record these.
  4. Class End Date:  Select the date you would like the class to close on. (See image)

A new window will open with your class ID and password when this step has been completed. (See image)  You will then be brought back to your home page with the class you just created listed on the All Classes tab. (See image)

Add a New Assignment

In order for you or your students to upload papers to check for originality, you will need to create assignments inside your class.  

  1. On your class home page, select the name of the class you want to work in. (See image
  2. Click on the "New Assignment" button in the upper right of your class page. (See image)
  3. In the General information area you will need to:
    1. From the Create a new: dropdown menu select if this is a paper assignment or if it is a revision assignment.
    2. Type in the assignment title in the text field.
    3. On the right side, select a start date and due date from the calendar dropdown menus.  You can also set a time for each.  (See image)
  4. If you click on the plus (+) sign next to "(More Options)" you will be able to enter special instructions, automatically generate originality reports for submissions, and determine where system will search for the originality reports. (See image)

Allowing for Revised Assignments

  1. From the class inbox, click on the "New Assignment" button.
  2. From the Create a New dropdown menu, select "Revision Assignment".
  3. On the Revision Assignment screen you will need to:
    1. Based on Paper Assignment: select the assignment you want this to be a revision for.
    2. Start Date: select a start date from the date and time dropdown menus.
    3. Due Date: select an end date from the date and time dropdown menus.
    4. Generate Originality Reports for Student Submissions: select when you want the report to be generated from the dropdown menu.
    5. Allow Students to see Originality Reports? select yes or no from the dropdown menu.
    6. Click on the Submit button. (See image).
  4. When you return to the Assignment Inbox, there will now be a revision assignment listed as well as the original assignment. (See image)

Submitting a Paper

  1. Click on the name of the class to enter. (See image)
  2. Click on the name of the assignment you would like to submit papers to. (See image
  3. In the Assignment 1 Inbox, click on the Submit paper button. (See image)  There are three steps to this process.
  4. First, on the Submit Paper: By File Upload screen, fill out all the student information:
    1. Submit a paper by: Select file upload, cut & paste, bulk upload or zip file
    2. Author: Select non-enrolled student
    3. First name: Type in the student's first name
    4. Last name: Type in the student's last name
    5. Submission title: Type in the paper's title
    6. Browse for the file to upload: Click on the Browse... button, a new window will open that will allow you to find the paper you want to upload into Turnitin.  Click the Open button on this new window when you have selected the file.

      Turnitin will accept MS Word, WordPerfect, PostScript, PDF, HTML, RTF, and plain text.  Files are limited to 10 MB.
    7. When you have finished, click the Submit button. (See image)
  5. Second, you will be able to preview the submitted paper to make sure it is the correct file. (See image)  If this is the paper you would like to check originality on, click on the Yes, Submit button.
  6. Finally, you will receive confirmation that the file was submitted successfully. (See image)  From here you can either go back to the assignment inbox or submit another paper.

Checking Submitted Papers for Originality

  1. Once the paper has been submitted to Turnitin, it will be displayed in the assignment's inbox.  Under the Report column, there will be a box for each paper that will tell you how much of the paper was found online during the search. (See image)
  2. Click on the report icon for the paper to see a full originality report. (See sample originality report)  On the left side of the report will be the paper that was submitted and on the right will be matches found.  The report will tell you how much of the paper is similar to things found online, you can exclude quoted material and bibliography information if you wish.
  3. In the upper right corner of the originality report window, it will tell you when the report was processed, what the word count is, and the number of times it has been submitted. (See image)  If you have more than one paper submitted, you will be able to use the Previous and Next arrows to view other reports. 

Enrolling Students

As the instructor, you have the ability to enroll your students manually or send them an email with the class ID and class enrollment password you selected when you created your class.

Manually Enroll the Students

Note:  You will need the students' first and last name as well as their campus email address.

  1. On the left side navigation, click on the "Students" link. (See image)
  2. On the Students screen, you will see a welcome message from Turnitin.  They recommend that you allow your students to enroll themselves using the class ID and class enrollment password.  If you still want to manually enroll students, click on the "Add Student" button above the message. (See image)
  3. Type in the students first name, last name, and email address, then click the Submit button. (See image)
  4. After submitting, you will be taken back to the Students screen where the student you just enrolled will be listed. (See image)  Repeat steps 2 and 3 until you have enrolled all the students in your class.
  5. Shortly afterwards, your students will receive an email from Turnitin with a username and password for them to finish the account creation process. (See Sample Email)