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Plagiarism: Getting Started (For Instructors)

Faculty are integral to the success of Turnitin as it is not designed to be used by students alone. Students will likely need your guidance when interpreting their results. Think about Turnitin as a teaching tool and not a punitive tool.

You can either use Turnitin within Kottab (when you create an assignment, choose "Turnitin Assignment" from the options).

Creating a Turnitin Assignment

Before making an assignment tell your students that you will be using this software to check their papers against the web and paper assignments from other students. On the homepage for the class, look for this button at the top right:

When you create the assignment, pay careful attention to the due date and the optional settings in the drop down menu:



  • Do students have the option to revise and resubmit? If they do, make sure to indicate that this is a revision assignment and ensure that the due date reflects a FINAL due date for the project and not a draft date. For a graduate student working on a thesis or dissertation, this may be years in the future. You do not want the assignment to expire and lock them out prior to completion.
  • Can students see the report? Make sure to select this option if you want students to be able to view their results.
  • Should the paper become a permanent part of the Turnitin database? This will expand Turnitin's internal database and protect you or your student from future plagiarism. (Keep in mind that if you upload a later version of the paper to a different assignment it will give you "false positive" match which will affect your similarity report.)

Submitting a Paper

After submitting a paper, it may take a while for the originality report to process.

Please read the "interpreting your results" page of this guide prior to using Turnitin.