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How to Use Turnitin


Learn about turnitin.com and how you can use the service to detect plagiarism and promote academic integrity in the classroom.

Turnitin is plagiarism-detection software that compares a student's assignment to every document in its database (which includes all previously submitted papers) and on the Internet.
  • You can use Turnitin to check lab reports, essays, research papers, or any written assignment.
  • By using this tool, you'll reduce the amount of "detective" work you conduct.
  • Turnitin ensures fairness and equity in plagiarism allegations, because every paper is checked, not just suspicious papers.

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1. Set up your account.

  • Learn how to log in and use Turnitin at UCSD.
  • E-mail iwdc@ucsd.edu for technical assistance.
  • You can have students submit papers directly to turnitin.com OR, if you are using TED, you can create turnitin assignments directly in TED (the latter is recommended by IWDC)

2. Let students know you're using Turnitin.

Include the following statement in your syllabus:

"Students agree that by taking this course all required papers will be subject to submission for textual similarity review to Turnitin.com for the detection of plagiarism. All submitted papers will be included as source documents in the Turnitin.com reference database solely for the purpose of detecting plagiarism of such papers. Use of the Turnitin.com service is subject to the terms of use agreement posted on the Turnitin.com site."

3. Go beyond plagiarism checks.

  • Show students a sample Turnitin report to educate them on citation and attribution.
  • Ensure students have adequate understanding of citation and attribution practices.

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