Answered By: APUS Librarians
Last Updated: Sep 18, 2018     Views: 54769

Turnitin is an originality checking and plagiarism prevention service that checks your writing for citation mistakes or inappropriate copying.    When you submit your paper, Turnitin compares it to text in its massive database of student work, websites, books, articles, etc.    

Turnitin is integrated into the Assignments tool in all online classrooms and is managed by Classroom Support.  This means that when you upload your paper to your classroom for grading, it will automatically be sent through Turnitin's repository.  The Similarity Report that it generates will  help identify possible instances of plagiarism

If you would like to check your work prior to submitting it for grading, click here for suggestions.

NOTE:  Library staff do not have access to Turnitin in the classroom.  If you have questions about using Turnitin, please contact Classroom Support and copy your instructor on the email.


Here is a preview of how Turnitin works inside the classroom (click images to view larger):

  • You will click on the "Assignments" link on the left side of your classroom and click the name of the assignment that you need to submit.  You should see the assignment instructions, as in the image below.  Click the "Add Attachments" link. 


  • The following screen will appear, allowing you to browse your computer for your assignment file.  Choose the file, then click "Continue."


  • You will then be returned to the assignment's instructions page, and you will see your assignment file in the attachments list.   Click "Submit."  You will see a message indicating that your assignment was successfully submitted.


  • In the Assignment list, you should now see your submitted assignment at the bottom (checked and greyed out).  If multiple submissions are allowed, you will see a "resubmit" link as well.


  • Within 15 minutes of submission, your originality report should be available.  You can access the report by selecting the assignment.  Next to your attached file will be a bar, accompanied by a percentage (your paper's similarity index).  Click this bar to view your originality report. 

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