Turnitin Student Instructions
Turnitin.com is a Web-based service instructors may use to deter and detect plagiarism. Your instructor may require you to submit your papers to the Turnitin.com service. The following are instructions and frequently asked questions.
Turnitin is integrated with ANGEL. A Turnitin Dropbox will be within your ANGEL course.
To submit a paper:
Click on the Turnitin Dropbox
Click on Submit (right side of screen)
Upload a file:
- Select single file upload from the dropdown menu
- Give a title to your submission
- Click the Browse button and locate your paper you would like to submit
- Click Upload
- Review your Paper Submission and click Submit
Once the paper has been submitted an originality report should be return within 24 hours.
NOTE: You will only be able to view the originality report IF your instructor has set up his/her class account to allow students permission to view these reports. Check with your instructor to verify if you will have access to the Originality Report.
To view an originality report:
NOTE: You will only be able to view the originality report IF your instructor has set up his/her class account to allow students permission to view these reports.
- Click on Turnitin Dropbox
- Click Show Detail, under Actions
- Click on % under Report to view the Originality Report.
Frequently Asked Questions
How does Turnitin.com work?
Turnitin allows the student or educator to upload a paper into the Turnitin database, and the software will then use algorithms to create “digital fingerprints” that can identify similar patterns in text. Then the paper is matched to billions of web pages, paper mill essays, and student papers submitted online. Finally, in an hour or less, Turnitin creates an “originality report” that records any passages from the paper that might not be authentic, and lists web sites and other resources that include previously submitted papers that have matched content to the passages.
What is an Originality Report?
The Originality Report is a flexible document that allows students and instructors to review matches between a submitted work and the databases scanned by Turnitin. Citations, quotations, and bibliographic material are all scanned against Turnitin’s databases to determine an overall similarity percentage as well as specific matches to similar text
What are the advantages for students?
Students can use Turnitin.com to check their own papers to see if they have properly cited sources (only if the instructor allows students to see originality reports). Turnitin provides students and faculty with a variety of educational resources on preventing and avoiding plagiarism, writing research papers, and citing sources.
Are student papers kept confidential?
Yes. The Buffalo State license agreement with Turnitin.com states "We will not intentionally disclose the contents of any student paper to anyone other than the registered faculty for the class to which the paper was submitted."
Where can I learn more about plagiarism?
See Butler Library's Web site: http://www.buffalostate.edu/library/research/plagiarism.html.