Frequently Asked Questions
The following are frequently asked questions about Turnitin.
Q: What is PeerMark?
Q: Is there a user’s guide I can review?
A: PDF guides and resources for both instructors and students are available on IT Support.
A: Yes. The author has copyright ownership of his/her own work. View TII user policy.
A: Turnitin can accept any of the following text-based formats below. Please note that if you have made a screen grab or image-based version of your paper, it will not process. Submissions must be text-based.
- Microsoft Word™ (DOC and DOCX)
- Corel WordPerfect®
- Adobe PostScript®
- Plain text (TXT)
- Rich Text Format (RTF)
- Portable Document Format (PDF)
- Microsoft PowerPoint (PPT, PPTX, and PPS)
- Hangul (HWP)
- OpenOffice (ODT)
Note: Text only files may not exceed 2 MB.
A: Yes. Turnitin is able to process and display the following image formats:
Note: Turnitin cannot assess the originality of image files. Originality files can only be generated for selected text-based files such as Word, RTF, text, PDF with text, HTML. To check an image source, see tineye.com.
A: Text only files may not exceed 2 MB. Text and graphics files may not exceed 20 MB.
A: Yes. When the instructor sets up the Turnitin assignment, the “Post date” will indicate when the grade gets pushed from Turnitin to Moodle. If the instructor wants the grades to be made available in Moodle immediately once the assignment is graded in Turnitin, then the Post date needs to be a few minutes after the Start date of the Turnitin assign. (Note: the start date and the post date can’t be exactly the same.) (See documentation for more information.)
A: Yes. There are two kinds of drafts to consider.
- Draft assignment embedded in course: An instructor can add a Turnitin assignment for a draft paper in their course which may be reviewed by the instructor. This assignment can be required or optional (graded/ungraded) at the instructor’s discretion. The final paper needs to be a separate Turnitin assignment.
IMPORTANT: When setting up the draft assignment, it is important to not submit the work to the repository. Otherwise, when the student submits their final paper will match their draft paper with a high level of similarity. (See how to set up an assignment without submitting it to the repository.)
- Use the Check a Draft option in the Turnitin Resource Course in Moodle: The college has created a separate Moodle Resource Course where students (and faculty!) can check a draft of their work on their own. The results are available only to the person submitting the work. A link to the Check a Draft button can be found in the Resources block in all Moodle courses. These papers will NOT be added to the repository so they will not affect Turnitin’s Originality report of final submitted papers.
A: “The Originality Report provides instructors with a tool to more easily locate matching or similar text within the text of a submitted work. The determination and adjudication of proper citation and plagiarism are left solely to the instructor and institution to which the work was submitted.” (Viewing Originality Report documentation)
Turnitin does not check the validity of citations.
A: Yes. Even if a passage is properly cited, it will be noted in the Originality Report. Faculty have the option to exclude bibliographic or quoted material either in the setup of the assignment or by using a filter when grading an individual assignment.
“Please note that the functions for excluding material are approximate and human judgement is the final arbiter for proper quotation or bibliographic reference. Cited material cannot be excluded directly, and quotations can only be excluded if block-indentation or direct quotation marks (“”) begin and end the quotation.” (From Viewing Originality Report documentation.)
Q: Should I be concerned about small matches that affect originality?
A: Small matches will be noted in the Originality Report. Faculty will need to make a determination as to its importance. Faculty have the option to exclude small matches either in the setup of the assignment or by using a filter when grading an individual assignment.
(From Viewing Originality Report documentation.)
Q: Can I use rubrics to grade Turnitin assignments?
A: Yes, faculty can create and use rubrics in Turnitin to evaluate students’ work. See Rubric Scorecards and Grading Forms.
A: Yes. To add a Voice Comment:
- Click on the general comments icon at the bottom of the GradeMark sidebar.
- Click on the "record" button to begin recording the voice comment. Note: An Adobe Flash player settings pop-up will appear asking for permission to allow Turnitin to use the computer’s microphone. Select allow to be able to record a voice comment.
- Once you have finished recording your voice comment click on the "stop" button to stop recording. Note: A voice comment can be up to three minutes long. The length of the recording is noted in the top right corner of the Recording section.
- To play back the recording before saving it click on the "play" button.
- To save the voice comment click on the "save" icon.
- If you would like to rerecord a voice comment after a voice comment was already saved, you must first delete the current voice comment by clicking on the trash can icon and then repeat steps 2-5.
A: PeerMark, a peer review assignment tool, is an additional tool within a Turnitin assignment. PeerMark assignments, created by faculty in Moodle, “allow students to read, review, and evaluate one or many papers submitted by their classmates.” See Peermark Overview. Also see documentation on Creating a PeerMark assignment.
For other questions not listed here, see Turnitin Product FAQs.