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This Instructor QuickStart will help you get started with Turnitin as an instructor. To begin you need to register with Turnitin and create a user profile. If you have received an e-mail from Turnitin with a temporary password, a user profile has already been created for you. To get started, log in to Turnitin with your e-mail address and password and proceed to Step 2 in this QuickStart.
Step 1 - Creating a User Profile
Click on the 'Create Account' link on the homepage and the Create a User Profile page will open.
Click on the 'Instructor' link. Fill in the required information in the new user profile form. In order to complete your profile, you must have an Account ID and an Account Join Password. You can get this information from your institution's account administrator.
Once you have created your profile, click the 'I Agree' button to log into Turnitin.
Step 2 - Adding a Class
Click the 'Add Class' button to create a class.
On the 'Create a New Class' page, enter a class name and an enrollment password.
The class enrollment password is the password your students will use to enroll in your class. Pick a password that is easy for your students to remember and that contains all lowercase letters.
The end date is the date your class expires. When a class expires students can no longer submit papers or enroll in the class. The default duration for all classes is 6 months. If you want your class to last longer or shorter, you can change the end date.
Click 'Submit' to add the class to your homepage.
Step 3 - Class Information
The class will now appear in your class list beneath your account. The number to the left of your class name is the class ID. Students will use this ID along with the class enrollment password to enroll in your class. You can view your class enrollment password at any time by clicking the edit icon to the right of your class.
You should distribute your class ID and enrollment password to your students so that they can enroll in your class and submit their papers. Be sure to include this link to our student QuickStart:
Note: You should not share your enrollment password publicly outside of your institution. With a Class ID and password anyone, at any institution, will be able to join your class.
With this information, your students will have everything they need to get started with Turnitin.
Click on the name of your class to open your class homepage.
Step 4 - Creating a New Assignment
Within your class homepage click on the 'Add Assignment' button to create an assignment.
Enter an assignment title and choose a start and due date for the assignment.
The default assignment submission option is to 'Allow only file types that Turnitin can check for originality' but for non-writing assignments instructors can select 'Allow any file type.' If 'Allow any file type' is selected instructors are able to leave feedback on and download submitted files but Turnitin may not be able to generate Originality Reports or display the uploaded file within the Document Viewer.
Originality Reports can be generated for the following file types:
- Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, WordPerfect, PostScript, PDF, HTML, RTF, OpenOffice (ODT), Hangul (HWP), Google Docs (submitted via the Google Drive submission option), plain text files
Students will be able to submit their papers to the assignment starting on the start date and until the due date passes. Click 'Submit' to add the assignment to your class homepage.
Step 5 - Submitting a Paper as an Instructor
If you want to submit papers yourself, click on the "View" link to the right of the paper assignment to open the assignment inbox and then click on the "Submit Paper" button.
On the paper submission page, enter the paper's title and select the author's name from the author pulldown menu for enrolled students.
Users have a choice to upload a file from: the computer, Dropbox, or Google Drive. Click on one of the submission buttons Choose from this computer, Choose from Dropbox, or Choose from Google Drive and select the file for submission.
For assignments that only allow file submissions that are able to generate Originality reports we support the following formats:
- Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, WordPerfect, PostScript, PDF, HTML, RTF, OpenOffice (ODT), Hangul (HWP), Google Docs (submitted via the Google Drive submission option), plain text files.
When you are done, click the "Upload" button to upload the paper.
Step 6 - Submitting a Paper Confirmation
A preview of the paper you chose to submit will be shown on this page. Look over all the information and make sure that it is correct. To confirm the submission, click the "Confirm" button.
Step 7 - Accessing Inbox
After you submit a paper, our system will begin processing the paper and will generate an Originality Report within minutes for supported file types.
To view the report, click the "Inbox" button on submission confirmation page. Your assignment inbox will open.
Please note that you can also open your assignment inbox from your class homepage by clicking on the "View" link in the Actions column next to the paper assignment.
Step 8 - Viewing Originality Reports
Your Assignment Inbox shows submitted papers with their Originality Reports if available. To open the Originality Report for the paper you just submitted, click the report icon. Note: A grayed out report icon indicates that the report has not yet been generated. Please wait a few moments and click your browser's refresh button.
The Originality Report will open in a new window called the Document Viewer. The Document Viewer allows instructors to access each Turnitin product in one location and view all the products simultaneously as layers.
All the top sources found to match the paper submission are in the sidebar to the right of the paper contents. Top sources are the sources that have the closest match (most matching words without variation) to the document's text.
To view all underlying sources for a top source hover the cursor over the source and click on the arrow icon. The overlapping sources are listed below the top source.
To exclude a source from the Match Breakdown list click on the 'Select Sources to be Excluded' button at the bottom of the source list.
Click on the check box next to all the sources you would like to exclude.
Once you have selected all the sources to exclude, click on the 'Exclude (#)' button at the bottom of the Match Breakdown list. If the sources that were excluded affects the Similarity Index it will recalculate and display a new percentage of matching content.
Step 9 - Leaving Feedback on Submissions
From the Assignment Inbox click on the blue pencil icon next to the paper title to open the paper in GradeMark to grade the student submission online. The GradeMark system contains several tools and types of mark that instructors can use in grading and assessing papers.
- inline comments
- QuickMark comments
- rubric scorecards
- general comments
- voice comments
Quickstart Training Videos
Setting up and Submitting Assignments
Evaluating Originality Reports
Providing Feedback and Grading
This Student QuickStart Guide will help you get started with Turnitin and will walk you through the steps for submitting your first paper. To begin, you need to first register with Turnitin and create a user profile if your instructor has not already enrolled you to their class.
If you have received a welcome email from Turnitin, this means that your instructor has already enrolled you; simply click the Create password link and follow the instructions that follow. This will then allow you to log into Turnitin with your email address and new password. Proceed to Step 2 in this QuickStart guide if you have received an email.
Step 1: Registration
1. To register and create a user profile, you must have been provided with a class ID and enrollment key by your instructor.
2. Go to the top of the page at turnitinUK.com (for UK users only) or turnitin.com (for users outside of the UK), and select your language from the drop-down menu.
3. Click the Create Account link on the homepage, which will open the Create a User Profile page.
4. Click the Student link and fill in the required information in the new user profile form.
5. Once you have created your profile, click the I Agree button to successfully log into Turnitin.
Note: If an instructor enrolls you in a Turnitin class, you do not need to follow the steps above; simply follow the instructions in your welcome email.
Step 2: Student Homepage
The class you're enrolled in will show up in your Student Homepage. Click on the name of your class to open your assignment inbox.
Step 3: Assignment Inbox
Your Assignment Inbox shows the assignments that your instructor has created, along with key submission dates, and any submissions you have made to these assignments. The assignment inbox provides access to the Turnitin document viewer, where you can view your Similarity Report and any feedback provided by your instructor.
Step 4: Submitting a Paper
1. To submit a paper, click the Submit button next to the paper assignment.
2. The paper submission page will open. Enter a title for your paper.
3. Click on one of the submission buttons: Choose from this computer, Choose from Dropbox, or Choose from Google Drive, then select the file for submission.
Turnitin accepts submissions in these formats:
- Microsoft Word™ (DOC and DOCX)
- Corel WordPerfect®
- Adobe PostScript®
- Plain text (TXT)
- Rich Text Format (RTF)
- Portable Document Format (PDF)
- Microsoft PowerPoint (PPT, PPTX, and PPS)
- Hangul (HWP)
4. After entering a title for your paper and selecting a file, click Upload to upload your paper.
5. If your paper is in a format that we do not accept, you can submit it by using the cut and paste method. To submit a paper this way, select Cut & paste upload using the pull-down at the top of the form.
6. Copy the text of your paper from a word processing program and then paste it into the text box in the submission form. If you submit your paper using the cut and paste method, you can skip the next step.
Note: If the assignment is set to accept any file type, students may upload any file type to the assignment.
Step 5: Confirming Your Submission
The paper you chose to submit will be in the preview section after upload. Look over all of the information and make sure that it is correct. To confirm the submission, click the Confirm button.
After you confirm your submission, a digital receipt will be shown. A copy of the receipt will also be emailed to you. To return the assignment inbox and view your submission, click the Return to assignment list button.
Step 6: Viewing a Similarity Report
To view your Originality Report, click on the Originality Report icon to the right of your assignment.
By default, students cannot see their own Similarity Reports. If you see Not Available, rather than a Similarity Report icon in the assignment inbox, then your instructor has disabled the ability for students to view the Similarity Report for this assignment. If you would like to view your report, contact your instructor.
Step 7: Viewing Instructor Feedback in GradeMark
If your instructor has provided feedback on your paper within GradeMark, students are able to view the feedback after the post date of the assignment. The post date is the date whereby your instructor should have left feedback on your paper. When the post date passes, all students are able to access instructor feedback within GradeMark by clicking on the blue View button.
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