Use Turnitin to Detect Plagiarism

Turnitin is a plagiarism prevention and academic writing skills improvement tool. The submitted paper will be compared to numerous electronic sources including websites, databases, papers that had been submitted to turnitin by other users, etc. As an output, turnitin produces an originality report with the similarity index.

With the current version of Blackboard, Turntin is integrated right into it: both instructors and students can use Turnitin directly from Blackboard.

Instructors:

Have a single paper that you need to run urgently past Turnitin?

To Create a Turnitin Assignment

In your Bb course, Turnitin Assignments are added from the Content page (for ex., in the Assignments section). For questions on how to use Turnitin, please call Tamara Rabinovich at 781.891.2039 or trabinovich@bentley.edu.

To Submit a Paper to Turnitin

  • First, a Turnitin assignment must be created to originate a link for submission (above).
  • Click on the Assignments button within the course menu and a list of the course assignments will appear.
  • Click the View/Complete link under the name of the assignment to submit a paper.

Instructors can submit papers to an assignment on behalf of their students by clicking on the assignment’s View/Complete link (not recommended).

Accepted file types:

  • Microsoft Word® (DOC and DOCX)
  • Corel WordPerfect®
  • HTML
  • Adobe PostScript®
  • Plain text (TXT)
  • Rich Text Format (RTF)
  • Portable Document Format (PDF)

The file size may not exceed 20MB.

To Access Students’ Submissions

From the Control Panel, click the Course Tools and then Turnitin Assignments link. You will see the list of all the Turnitin assignments you have created in the course:

By clicking on the name of the assignment, you will see the submission status for this assignment of the students in the course.

  • From this page, you access originality reports (click on Similarity percentage), download students’ submitted documents, synchronize class roster (highly recommended to do to see the names of all the students in the course and not just those who submitted their papers), etc.

To Open the Originality Reports

The Turnitin Originality Report can be accessed from the assignment inbox (Control Panel -> Course Tools -> Turnitin Assignments -> Click on the name of the assignment). Under the Similarity column are the icons indicating the percentage of the Overall Similarity Index and the corresponding color on a blue to red scale. Click on the percentage to open the reports.

To Download Student Papers

The instructor may download and save papers submitted to an assignment.

Instructors may download papers one by one, or in a zip file.