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What is Turnitin Software and How Does It Work?

What is Turnitin Software and How Does It Work?

Turnitin is a software that helps educators and students to check the originality of their work and prevent plagiarism. It also provides feedback tools to improve writing skills and academic performance.


Turnitin works by comparing submitted papers to a large database of sources, such as academic journals, books, websites, and other student papers. It generates a similarity report that shows the percentage of matching text and the sources of the matches. The report also highlights the potentially unoriginal text and provides links to the sources.

Turnitin does not determine whether a paper is plagiarized or not. It only identifies the similarities between texts. The instructor or the student has to review the report and decide whether the matches are properly cited, paraphrased, or quoted. Turnitin also does not detect paraphrasing that changes the words but not the meaning of the original text.

Turnitin is not only a plagiarism detection tool. It also offers features such as Feedback Studio, PeerMark, Revision Assistant, and Gradescope that help instructors and students to enhance their teaching and learning experience. Feedback Studio allows instructors to provide comments, rubrics, and voice feedback on student papers. PeerMark enables students to review each other's work and give constructive feedback. Revision Assistant provides instant feedback and suggestions for improvement on student writing. Gradescope streamlines the grading process and provides analytics on student performance.

Turnitin is a software that aims to empower students to do their best, original work and maintain integrity at its core[^1^]. It is used by over 15,000 institutions in 140 countries and supports more than 40 languages[^1^]. To learn more about Turnitin and how to use it, visit their website at

How to Use Turnitin Software as an Instructor?

If you are an instructor who wants to use Turnitin software for your courses, you need to create an account and a class on the Turnitin website. You can also integrate Turnitin with your learning management system (LMS), such as Canvas, Blackboard, Moodle, or Google Classroom. This way, you can access Turnitin features from within your LMS.

Once you have set up your class, you can create assignments for your students and specify the settings and options for each assignment. For example, you can choose whether to allow late submissions, resubmissions, or peer reviews. You can also select which sources to compare the papers against and whether to store the papers in the Turnitin database.

After your students submit their papers, you can view the similarity reports and provide feedback using Feedback Studio. You can also use PeerMark to assign peer reviews and Gradescope to grade the papers more efficiently. You can monitor the progress and performance of your students and generate reports on their originality, feedback, and grades.

How to Use Turnitin Software as a Student?

If you are a student who needs to use Turnitin software for your assignments, you need to enroll in a class created by your instructor on the Turnitin website or through your LMS. You will receive a class ID and a password from your instructor or an email invitation from Turnitin.

Once you have joined the class, you can view the assignments and submit your papers online. You can upload your files in various formats, such as Word, PDF, or PowerPoint. You can also copy and paste your text or use Google Drive or Dropbox to submit your papers.

After you submit your papers, you can view the similarity reports and check the originality of your work. You can also access the feedback from your instructor and peers using Feedback Studio and PeerMark. You can revise and resubmit your papers if allowed by your instructor. You can also view your grades and analytics on your performance using Gradescope. e0e6b7cb5c


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