Turnitin is an online anti-plagiarism service which compares student submissions to millions of websites and papers submitted for exact matches. Instructors can verify if students properly cited their sources. The reports are integrated into the Assignments tool in e-Learning, or Turnitin can be used as a stand-alone product, offering more tools such as grading rubrics.

Turnitin offers:

  • Originality Check - student submission are compared to billions of websites and other papers submitted and highlights exact matches. Instructors can verify if students obtained their information from appropriate sources and properly cited those sources.
  • GradeMark - Create interactive grading rubrics and provide feedback to students quickly and efficiently.
  • PeerMark - Allows students to review each others submissions.

How to Access Turnitin

In Assignments

  • When you create an assignment in your e-Learning course, select "Turnitin" under the "Plagiarism Review" drop-down menu and select the settings you wish to use. Please view the Turnitin Guide for more information on setup and options. If you only want to view the originality report, you do not need to request a Turnitin account.

Turnitin Standalone Account

  • If you would like to access the GradeMark and PeerMark features of Turnitin or you would like to submit any paper at any time for an Originality report, you will need to request a standalone account.

Using Turnitin Standalone

If you are the primary instructor for a course, or you are a TA managing the course for the primary instructor, you may request a Turnitin account. If you are a TA who is simply assisting the primary instructor, do not request a Turnitin account. The primary instructor will create a TA role for you on his/her Turnitin account.

  1. Request an account from e-Learning Support Services using the Instructor Turnitin Request Form.
  2. Fill out the form and click Submit.
  3. You will receive a confirmation e-mail that the message has been received and a ticket has been created. It may take 1-2 business days to process your request.
  4. Once the account is ready, you will receive an e-mail from Turnitin with your username and password, the link to login, and usage instructions.

Instructor Tutorials

Student Tutorials

These tutorials are only relevant if students will be uploading papers directly to a Turnitin course created in turnitin.com. If the course is using e-Learning, students will simply upload their submissions to the Assignments tool.

Acceptable File Types and Size

Turnitin currently accepts the following file types for upload into an assignment:

  • Microsoft Word® (.doc / .docx)
  • OpenOffice (.odt)
  • WordPerfect® (.wpd)
  • PostScript (.ps/.eps)
  • Adobe® PDF
  • HTML
  • Rich text format (.rtf)
  • Plain text (.txt)
  • Hangul Word Processor file (.hwp)
    • The file size may not exceed 20 MB and 400 pages in length. Files of larger size may be reduced in size by removal of non-text content or the instructor may be contacted to request multiple assignments to submit the document in sections.
    • Note: Text only files may not exceed 2 MB.
    • Note: Papers must not contain spaces in between every letter (l i k e t h i s).
    • Note: PDF documents must contain text to be submitted. PDF files containing only images of text will be rejected during the upload attempt.
    • Note: Turnitin will not accept .odt files created and downloaded from Google Docs online. Turnitin will not accept ".doc" files created using OpenOffice since OpenOffice ".doc" files are not 100% Microsoft Word equivalent.

If a file format issue is occurring, please re-open the file in a word processor, and save the file again using the "save as" function and choosing a different format from the file type pull down menu (try RTF or TXT as they are the most "safe").

Please note that Turnitin does not support:

  • Microsoft Works (.wps) file types.
  • Apple Pages file types.
  • Spreadsheets (ex. Excel files) or PowerPoint files.
  • PDF files of images, or PDF files which do not contain highlightable text (ex. a "scanned" file, which is often simply a picture of text, is unacceptable).

If an unsupported word processor is being used, you may need to save the file as a TXT or RTF file in order to upload to Turnitin.