Information Technology

Plagiarism Prevention/Turnitin

What is Turnitin?

Turnitin is a plagiarism prevention tool available within Blackboard. Turnitin compares student submitted papers to one of the largest database available for online sources. The Turnitin database includes periodicals, journal articles, and previously submitted student papers, as well as indexed web content. Turnitin produces a detailed originality report that can be customized and viewed by instructors and students if desired. Turnitin can be implemented as one of many efforts to educate students about plagiarism.

Turnitin has a feature rich grading tool called GradeMark. The easy to use drag and drop interface allows you to add text comments to papers and save "QuickMark" comments for future use. Audio comments can also be included. Additionally, GradeMark gives instructors the ability to create grading rubrics for assignments, select the appropriate scale for each criteria, and automatically tally up Turnitin assignment grades for each student. An iPad app is also available that allows you to use GradeMark.

Turnitin and Privacy

What do I need to use Turnitin?

Turnitin is available for use within Blackboard. To use Turnitin you need to use Turnitin Direct as opposed to the Blackboard assignment tool.

How do I use Turnitin?

The Turnitin Direct 2.5 Instructor User Manual provides detailed instructions for using Turnitin within the Blackboard environment.

Avoiding Plagiarism Resources

Getting Help with Turnitin

Questions about Turnitin may be directed to the Instructional Support Team at elearning@umb.edu.

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