Turnitin.com is an electronic resource that assists in the detection and deterrence of plagiarism. It is widely used by universities in the United States and by a growing number of universities in Canada, and has over 2,000 registered institutions and over 200,000 registered users from 50 countries.
- Originality reports for all student assignments submitted through Turnitin;
- A Course Calendar for each course that highlights assignment due dates;
- The ability to email one or all students enrolled in your class, and;
- The ability to create separate sections for Teaching Assistants or co-instructors.
How Does Turnitin Work?
Turnitin.com works by detecting textual similarities between compared works. Students upload their electronic assignment files, which are then compared against 5 billion webpages, article databases, and millions of previously submitted assignments. Instructors are provided with reports of individual student submissions that may be used to help detect if plagiarism has occurred.
Please note, instructors use Turnitin.com originality reports to supplement their own evaluation of student work; each instructor must exercise their independent professional judgement in, and assume responsibility for, determining whether a text has been plagiarized or not.
Using Turnitin in Your Course
To use this service you must first create a Turnitin.com account. Next, you must advise students that you will be using Turnitin.com on your syllabus and offer them an alternative to the use ofTurnitin.com.
Students must be informed at the start of the course that the instructor will be using Turnitin.comby using specific wording that must be included in the course syllabus. This specific wording can be found on the Center for Teaching Support and Innovation (CTSI) website.
For more information see the CTSI Turnitin.com Tip Sheet.
Create An Account
To create a Turnitin.com account, instructors will first need to join the University of Toronto's account. The University’s account number and password are available from CTSI, please contactRyan Green (416-946-7729) or Saira Mall (416-946-8661).
Link Turnitin with UTM Submit
Once this link is made, a student's entry on Turnitin will be automatically created by UTMSubmit when student submits an assignment. Only the professor can view the detailed originality reports. Students will only see a Turnitin numeric originality score in UTM Submit.
See our instruction sheet for more information.