As a member of staff AA, there are several things you may need to know how to do using Turnitin. The way that you use Turnitin may be different depending on which faculty you are in. However, there are three common / key processes involved with using Turnitin – creating a new assignment, viewing submissions, and viewing ‘Originality Reports’. The links below provide step-by-step guides on three key aspects of using Turnitin.
Tutors should note that students can only submit single files to a Turnitin submission. For example if you have a two part essay which is split into seperate documents, you will need a Turnitin link for ‘Essay Part 1’, and a Turnitin link for ‘Essay Part 2’.
Turnitin is able to scan for similarity (originality) on text based filetypes (MS Word, WordPerfect, PostScript, PDF, HTML, RTF and plain text), but is able to accept any filetype for basic submission (without scanning for similarity).
Turnitin also includes a tool for online marking, known as GradeMark. GradeMark can be used to mark submissions online using QuickMarks, text comments, voice comments, and rubrics. Note that Turnitin only currently supports a single marking sheet, so if more than one marker is due to mark a submission, both markers will ‘share’ a single marking sheet (and should therefore ensure good communication between markers when editing or removing existing comments and marks).
It should be noted that when viewing Turnitin submissions, the Turnitin word count may differ slightly from the word count shown in the original document (for example a Word document). This is because some software such as Word may exclude certain elements of a document such as headers and footers when calculating word count, whereas PDFs and Turnitin converted texts simply count all words within the document regardless of where they appear.
It is important to ensure that a local copy is made (by batch downloading files) in the event that you wish to retain easy access to submissions after students have qualified (completed their course of study). Once students qualify, their user account will be disabled in Blackboard and access to Turnitin submissions made by these students may be removed.
Turnitin Assignments BB
Creating a Turnitin assignment – This guide explains the various options available as part of the process of creating a Turnitin link within your Blackboard course. Once you have created a new Turnitin link, students can submit their work.
Viewing submissions to your Turnitin assignment – This guide explains how you can check and view submissions made to a Turnitin assignment on your course. This allows you to see WHO has submitted, as well as WHAT they have submitted. It also summarises the ‘Originality Score’ for each assignment.
*IMPORTANT* – Editing the Post Date of a Turnitin assignment – This guide explains things to be aware of when changing the post date for a Turnitin assignment. You should read this page if you need to change the post date of your Turnitin assignment once you have entered marks and feedback.
Deleting a submission from Turnitin – This guide explains how to delete a submission from Turnitin. This may be useful if you need to delete a submission that has been made in error, for instance the student has submitted the wrong file to the wrong assignment.
Synchronising your Blackboard course with a Turnitin assignment – This guide will take you through the process of synchronising your Blackboard course enrolments with a Turnitin assignment on the same course. This can be useful at the start of a new semester when enrolments tend to be updates regularly.
Downloading Turnitin submissions – This guide will explain how to download Turnitin submissions. You can download files which students have submitted (either in the originally submitted format or as PDFs), or the GradeMarked papers for submissions. Note that submitted files cannot be downloaded whilst anonymous marking is enabled.
Exporting a Grademark Summary – This guide will explain how to export a Grademark summary of an assignment as an excel file. This allows you to download details of submissions, and the grades awarded to submissions using Grademark. The excel file can then be used for statistical analysis or for further processing outside of Turnitin (for instance preparing grades for Banner)
Turnitin Originality Reports
Viewing originality reports for your Turnitin assignment – This guide will take you through the process of viewing individual originality reports for each student who has submitted (assuming that you have configured the assignment to generate these reports). Originality reports help to identify possible cases of plagiarism or incorrect referencing.
Excluding sources from an originality report – This guide explains how to exclude sources from an Originality Report in Turnitin. This may be useful if you need to remove matches for a legitimate reason (for example if a student is re-submitting something which they have previously submitted to a different assignment link).
Filtering an originality report – This guide will explain how to filter an originality report, for example to filter out any text within quotation marks, or to filter small matches (less than a specified % of fewer than a specified number of words).
External Help and Other Guides
External guides and other help – Whilst we do our best to create step-by-step guides to the most commonly used features within Turnitin, we do not have an exhaustive list of guides. If you’re looking for help on a particular feature but you can’t find it listed in our guides, then you may wish to check out some guides and help materials provided on other websites.
GradeMark for PC
Accessing GradeMark – This guide will explain how to access GradeMark, and explain the elements which make up the GradeMark interface. GradeMark can be used to mark a Turnitin submission online in order to provide detailed feedback to students.
Adding general comments – This guide will explain how to add general comments to a Turnitin submission using GradeMark. General comments can contain up to 5000 characters and should be used for general feedback about a submission.
Adding a score to a paper – This guide will explain how to access GradeMark in order to add a score to a Turnitin submission. This guide refers to scores which are entered manually by the tutor rather than scores generated automatically through usage of a rubric. Note that once you have entered a score for any submission to an assignment you should NOT change the post date for that assignment as doing so may result in marks being removed.
Adding voice comments to a paper – This guide will explain how to add voice comments to a Turnitin submission using GradeMark. You can add one voice comment of up to 3 minutes in duration per submission.
Adding text comments (without highlighting) – This guide will explain how to add text comments to Turnitin submissions using the GradeMark tool. Text comments are entered manually and can be useful to provide very specific feedback.
Adding QuickMarks (without highlighting) – This guide will explain how to add QuickMarks to Turnitin submissions using the GradeMark tool. QuickMarks are pre-set comments which are designed for repeated use.
Highlighting text to add text comments and QuickMarks – This guide will explain how to highlight text in GradeMark in order to add text comments and QuickMarks which apply directly to the highlighted text. This is useful for giving directed feedback within a submission.
Adding Inline Comments – This guide will explain how to add Inline comments to a Turnitin submission using GradeMark. Inline comments are similar to the comments you might make in the margins of paper submissions.
Changing to a different QuickMark set – This guide will explain how to switch to a different QuickMark set. QuickMarks are commonly used comments which you may wish to use across a number of different submissions.
GradeMark for iPad
GradeMark for iPad – This page provides step-by-step guides on how to use the GradeMark for iPad app. The app allows you to view and mark submissions on your iPad, and also provides functionality to ‘mark offline’ (for example if you wish to mark papers but don’t have an internet connection)