How does it work?
All papers submitted to Turnitin are checked in a matter of minutes against three constantly
growing databases of content:
- a current archive of all publicly accessible Internet content (more than 5 billion pages updated at a rate
of 40 million pages per day)
- millions of published works, including the ProQuest library research databases and tens of thousands of electronic
- millions of student papers from around the world submitted to Turnitin for other courses - including those
submitted by Iona students
How do I get started?
Note: Remember to tell your students in which Content Area you created the assignment link. This is where they
will submit their paper.
- In a course, open the Content
Area where you want students to access the assignment
- Click 'Assessments'
- Pick 'Turnitin Assignment' from the drop down menu
- The menu for your Turnitin assignment will show up
- Three choices will appear - Paper, PeerMark and Revision Assignment. Most often, you will chose Paper
Assignment, but you should chose whichever best fits your needs.
- Click 'Next Step'
- You will now see a menu for creating a new assignment. Type in an 'Assignment title'. Fill in a Start date,
Due date and Post date (the date when students will be able to login to their Turnitin accountsand see their
- Be sure to click on 'Optional settings' to expand the settings menu. Check that these options
suit your needs.
Note: We recommend that you change the first option, "Allow submission after the due date?" from
'No' to 'Yes'. The system tracks the date and time of submissions, so you will still know when/if a student
turns in his/her paper late.
- Click the 'Submit' button, and you're done
- Go into the 'Grade
Center' and check that there is now a column for the Turnitin assignment you just created.
What else does Turnitin do?
Aside from integrating with BlackBoard's Grade Center, allowing students to submit papers online,
and creating the Originality Report
which is Turnitin's main function, the tool offers online grading (GradeMark
and peer review (PeerMark
) which help instructors provide better feedback and engage students in the writing process.
Who can see the students' papers?
"Only the course instructor can see a student's paper.
If a match is found between the student's paper and another student's paper, the instructor can request the matching
paper from the other student's instructor. The instructors decide whether to share the matching paper depending
on the circumstances.
The only exception to this rule is in the case of peer review assignments. Students using PeerMark will be allowed
to view the text of the papers they are assigned to review from within the context of the peer review assignment,
though the instructor can choose to distribute the papers anonymously." Read
More tutorials are available on Turnitin's
instructor training site »
Note: All students and teachers will be prompted to create a Turnitin account (separate from any of your Iona
accounts and logins) the first time you/they use Turnitin. This login allows you to use Turnitin without
going through BlackBoard.