Turnitin is a plagiarism prevention service available in BeachBoard. Students submit their papers electronically, and Turnitin compares the text of those papers to the text in billions of other documents on the Internet, in papers submitted by other students around the world, and in commercial databases of journal articles and periodicals. Whenever similarities between the text in a student's paper and the text in an existing document are found, Turnitin highlights those similarities, providing an annotated document showing both the student's paper and the original source.
NOTE: GradeMark is available, and we hope to have access to PeerMark in the near future.
Setting Up a Turnitin Dropbox
- Go to Dropbox in the navigation.
- Select New Folder
- (NOTE: Dropboxes do not have to be new to enable Turnitin, existing dropboxes can be modified by editing the folder; however, Plagiarism Detection must be enabled before users begin submitting their assignments.)
- Give your dropbox a Name -- usually the name of the assignment.
- Check the box labeled
- Fill in additional fields as necessary
- Add or Create a Rubric, if desired. (See Rubrics for more information)
Modify Plagiarism Detection Options as necessary.
Generate Originality Reports: check this box to enable Turnitin's originality reports
Allow submitters to see Originality Reports: check this box to let students view their report
Automatic plagiarism detection on all submissions: check this box to have Turnitin generate reports for all submissions.
Identify individual submissions for plagiarism detection: This option is not functional, an originality report will be generated for every submission
Check Submissions Against:
- Use Paper Database: This will compare the student's paper to Turnitin's large database of papers submitted by other students from around the country.
- Current and archived internet: This will compare the students' papers to text on the internet.
- Periodicals, journals, & publications: This will compare the students' papers to articles available in a variety of online databases.
Index files for Plagiarism Detection: Check this box if you would like the students' papers submitted Turnitin's database.
- Click the Save button.
Tip: One cannot set up a dropbox assignment, receive paper submissions and then change or enable the dropbox settings for that assignment. The system will not recognize a Dropbox Folder that was originally set up as just a dropbox, and the settings have been modified to become a Turnitin folder after students have submitted papers.
Viewing Originality Reports
- From the Folder Submissions page, Click the Report icon (color and % varies per user) for the applicable user. When a report is available, the status changes from
to a percentage rating, which indicates the level of matching content.
Viewing a file submission summary
A lower percentage rating indicates that the content is original and has not been copied; a higher percentage rating indicates the content is not original and has been copied from another source.
The percentage ranges are associated with colors:
Blue >= 0 and <20%
Green >= 20 and <40%
Yellow >= 40 and <60%
Orange >= 60 and <80%
Red >= 80 and <= 100%
Viewing an Originality Report for a submission
Click the colored section beside the percentage rating to view the associated Originality Report.
Opening Originality Reports
The Originality Report is comprised of two panes. The right pane lists all of the matching sources, including the percentage of text that matches and a link to the online content. The left pane displays the submission text using colored highlights to draw attention to the matching content.
Tip: For more detailed help with Originality Reports, click the help link in the top-right corner of the report page.
Plagiarism Detection file type compatibility
The following file types are compatible with Plagiarism Detection:
- MS Word
- Acrobat PDF
- Plain text
Note: If your file type is incompatible with Plagiarism Detection the Information icon displays instead of the percentage rating.
Using TII's Grademark (Online Markup) for Dropbox Submissions
Access GradeMark (Online Markup) in BeachBoard (D2L)
- From the Folder Submissions page, click the Report icon (color and % varies per user) for the applicable user.
- Click the Grademark icon located to the left of the Originality Report icon if Grademark is not already activated.
Add comments, highlight text, save, and print your Online Markup report using the available tools in the menu bar. You can view a summary of the submission at the top of the page, including the total word count, submission date, and Originality Report rating.
Tip: For more detailed help with Online Markup functionality, click the Help menu item on the report.
New Feature: Add Voice Comments
- From the GradeMark page, click the General Comments icon . It is the second icon in the bottom located on right hand side bar.
- Click the microphone icon under Voice Comment, to record a voice comment up to 3 minutes long.
GradeMark features such as Marks, QuickMarks, Comments, Voice Comments and Rubrics do not transfer over to BeachBoard (D2L)
Online Markup file type compatibility
The following file types are compatible with Online Markup:
- MS Word
- Acrobat PDF
- Plain text
Note: If your file type is incompatible with Online Markup the Information icon displays instead of the Markup icon.
Testimonial: Glen Gendzel, San Jose State University from Turnitin on Vimeo.