TurnItIn (Plagiarism Detection)


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TurnItIn does two main things for writing assignments:

  1. When a student submits a file to D2L's Assignment tool (formerly D2L's Dropbox) an originality score is generated. This score indicates what percentage of the student's writing is similar to writing that already exists in the world.
  2. An instructor can provide feedback using TurnItIn's new Feedback Studio. It is similar to D2L's feedback features, but with the added bonus of being able to comment directly on the student's paper.

The similarity score is not proof of plagiarism. It is only saying someone else has written a similar sentence. For a complete understanding of the university's plagiarism policy please refer to the Dean of Students website.

TurnItIn's Peermark tool is available in D2L by request. Please contact the D2L Team to use Peermark. (Note: This can be a difficult tool to use and its effectiveness is under review by OIA.)

Self-help materials are available on the D2L Help Pages, but the easiest way to learn D2L is to visit the team during open lab times or schedule a 1:1 meeting. They are happy to come to your office or meet you online if you are remote!



Teaching good citations (University of Arizona Library).

Promoting Academic Integrity At The University of Arizona

Why Google can sometimes be better than TurnItIn if you suspect cheating.