Turnitin is hosted off site with Turnitin.com. While it is possible to log directly into Turnitin.com to create Turnitin Assignments we recommend that you use the Turnitin features available through Blackboard.
Turnitin released significant changes to their interface in Fall 2010. To see an overview of those changes go to Turnitin's What's New site.
Note: Turnitin Assignments are automatically added to your Blackboard Gradebook.
Adding New Turnitin Assignments
Select Create Assessment button and choose Turnitin Assignment
The Add Turnitin Assignment window will open
Choose to create a new: paper assignment or revision assignment
- Paper Assignment: Choose this option for the first draft of a paper or if the paper will not go through revisions.
- PeerMark Assignment: Choose this option if you want students to Peer Review an assignment.
- Revision Assignment: This option is only available for previously created paper assignments. It is useful when you wish a paper to go through one or more revisions. You may choose whether the revision counts for a grade.
Click on Next Step.
- Add an assignment title
- Choose a point value (optional); leave this field blank if no grade should be associated with the assignment. If you wish the grade to be marked as complete/incomplete you may assign a point value of 100. When grading the assignment, a complete receives a grade of 100; an incomplete would receive a 0. You may skip to step 8.
- If you selected revision assignment¸ you must choose the original paper on which the revision is based.
- Choose a point value for the revision (optional); this grade is distinct from the original paper’s grade.
Choose the dates for the assignment
- start date: When the assignment becomes visible to the student
- due date: When the assignment is due
- post date: When the originality report becomes available to the student
- Click on More Options for additional features.
- Enter any special assignment instructions you have (optional)
- Would you like to select a QuickMark set? If you are using GradeMark to grade the paper you can choose a set of rubrics for this assignment. Select No if not using GradeMark.
- Choose whether or not to generate originality reports. Since this is the primary purpose for using Turnitin you should select Yes.
Choose when to generate originality reports for student submissions.
Options for originality report generation
- Immediately (first report is final): students are only allowed one submission
- Immediately (can overwrite previous reports until due date): students may overwrite previous submissions
- On due date (generate report on the due date): Report only generated on the due date.
- Exclude bibliographic materials from Similarity Index for all papers in this assignment? Bibliographic materials can also be included and excluded when viewing the Originality Report. This setting cannot be modified after the first paper has been submitted.
Exclude quoted materials from Similarity Index for all papers in this assignment?
Quoted materials can also be included and excluded when viewing the Originality Report. This setting cannot be modified after the first paper has been submitted.
- Exclude small matches?
- Allow students see the originality report? Yes/no. If your students have been given access to Originality Reports, they can view their submission and report by clicking on an assignment’s View/Complete link. Please note that by default students cannot access reports. To allow student access to the reports, you need to set up the option when you create the Turnitin assignment.
- Allow submissions after the due date? Yes / no.
- Reveal grades to students only on post date? If you do not want to students to see their grade until the post date check Yes. This means that if you grade a paper several days before the post date students will have to wait until the post date to see the grade.
Check papers against other submissions?
Choose Standard paper repository if you want papers submitted to this assignment indexed in the turnitin database. If you do not want papers submitted to this assignment stored in the database and used for future plagiarism searches, select no repository.
- Search options: What type of sources you would like to compare student submissions against?
- Click “Submit” to complete the Turnitin Assignment creation.
Note: A Grade Center entry is automatically created for every Turnitin Assignment. Once an assignment has been added to your course, both you and your students can submit a paper to the assignment.