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Turnitin for Students

Beginning in Spring 2013, Turnitin, the plagiarism checking tool, will be available in Blackboard and Canvas. Instructions on using this tool for students are posted below. For instructions for faculty, please see our instructor guides for Blackboard and Canvas.

For faculty, researchers, graduate students, and undergraduate students engaged in high level research who are interested in checking their own materials for plagiarism, we have also licensed iThenticate. This tool is the scholarly/publishing version of Turnitin. For more information on this tool, please see our documentation: iThenticate

Turnitin for Students

Turnitin's End User License Agreement (EULA)

A class you are taking may utilize Turnitin plagiarism detection software. This software requires you to agree to Turnitin’s End User License Agreement (EULA) before you are permitted to use the software. The EULA takes the form of a pop-up window - you must click on the “agree” button to proceed. Below, we've noted a few of the key points in the EULA, but we strongly urge you to read the entire EULA carefully before proceeding, as the summary points below are the Libraries' interpretation of parts of the EULA and are not meant to be a substitute for a thorough reading of the EULA itself. Therefore, the Libraries cannot be held responsible for any varying interpretations of the EULA, either on our part or yours. It is important to note that many of the points articulated in the EULA are common to such agreements. Some of the key points are:

  • This is an agreement between iParadigms (the maker of Turnitin) and you (not your instructor or the University of Pennsylvania).
  • Section 3: Turnitin may change the nature of its services and site without prior notice to you.
  • Section 6: Once you submit a paper to Turnitin, iParadigms reserves the right to use it for providing services and improving the software’s services. This right is permanent and irrevocable. iParadigms reserves the right to use any communications (not paper submissions) you email, transmit or post through the site for its business purposes. iParadigms may not use ideas set forth in submitted papers for its own purposes. However, it may use any ideas set forth in any communications for its own purposes. These rights are permanent and irrevocable.
  • Section 8: iParadigms may terminate your access to Turnitin at its discretion and will attempt to notify you if this occurs.
  • Section 12: Please read the entirety of the privacy policy at the link posted.
  • Section 15: if you are dissatisfied with the site, your sole remedy is to stop using it.
  • Section 16: Indemnification – you may not hold iParadigms responsible for any “claims, losses, damages, deficiencies, liabilities, costs or expenses” that may arise from using Turnitin.
  • Section 18, part j: iParadigms is not responsible for any third party product or information accessed via links on the Turnitin site.
Please direct any questions or concerns regarding this agreement or Turnitin to your course instructor.

Submitting a Turnitin Assignment in Blackboard

To complete a Turnitin assignment, click on View/Complete in the assignment link.

The first time you use Turnitin, you will be asked to sign a user agreement indicating that you are over 13 years of age. Then you will then be taken to your assignment inbox, which will display all current assignments for you in your course site.

To submit an assignment, click on the Submit button next to it.

Then you will be asked to provide a submission title for the assignment. Click Browse to locate and attach your assignment document and click upload when finished.

Turnitin will upload your submission and a small chart will indicate its progress.

On the next page, you will be asked to review your upload a final time. Click Submit when finished.

A window will pop up indicating that your submission is being processed.

Finally, you will receive a digital receipt confirming your submission that displays only the assignment's first page.

If you return to your assignment inbox, it will now display that submission for this assignment is complete.

Submitting a Turnitin Assignment in Canvas

The process of completing a Turnitin enabled assignment in Canvas is the same as a regular Canvas assignment except you must agree to the license agreement for Turnitin and confirm you are submitting your own work by checking a box. Please direct any questions or concerns regarding this agreement or Turnitin to your course instructor.

Submitting a Peer Review with PeerMark in Blackboard

Go to the Peer Mark Assignment in your course site, and click on View/Complete.

On the next screen, click on Write Reviews to create a review.

To create a review for a classmate, click on Start review. (To create a self review, click on Start self review.)

A pop-up window will open with the submission of a classmate with their name and identifying information removed.

If there any questions your instructor wants you to consider while composing your review, they will appear on the right under the Questions tab.

To add comments to your review, simply click on the part of the paper (word, sentence, paragraph) where you want the comment to appear. A pop-up comment window will open. Enter the text of your comment into the text box, and click Save.

An icon will display on the paper and you can scroll over it to view or edit your comment.

Any comments you add will also display in the menu on the right under the Comments tab.

When finished click Submit to complete your review and exit. If you need more time, click Save and you can return to the review later to complete it.

You will get a pop-up confirmation message regarding your review. Click on Return to Assignment Inbox to close.