How Faculty Use

Please indicate that you will be using Turnitin in your syllabus. Here are points to include:

Turnitin is licensed by the university. Any assignment may go through Turnitin. Students are responsible for knowing the Bradley University Academic Integrity Policy available here: http://www.bradley.edu/academic/undergradcat/20132014/overview-archeating.dot. Information about Turnitin and plagiarism prevention is available on the Bradley Turnitin website -- http://www.bradley.edu/irt/turnitin/.

Turnitin is available in Sakai as part of the Assignments tool. If you do not already use the Assignments tool, go to your Sakai course site and click the Site Info tool, click Edit Tools, and add the Assignments tool.

Create an Assignment in Sakai (View Video Screencast)

Add an assignment (view screenshot):

  1. Click the Assignments tool.
  2. Click "Add" to add a new assignment.
  3. Fill in the title, open date, due date, accept until date (consider making this later in the semester).
  4. Set the "Student Submissions" option to "Attachments only." Inform your students that Turnitin accepts Word files (.doc or .docx), HTML, PDF, RTF, and TXT. If files were created in word processors other than Word, students should save the files as RTF or TXT.
  5. Choose if you would like to "Allow Resubmissions." (Note: a report will only be generated for the first paper)
  6. Choose the Grading Scale and add the Assignment Instructions.
  7. Under the heading "Turnitin Service" check the box to "Use Turnitin."
  8. You will see the following information and options appear:

    turnitin settings
  9. Complete the other options on the page, then click the "Post" button at the bottom when you are ready for this assignment to be posted to Sakai.

* If you would like the students to submit a draft and a final version, you could set up two separate assignments - one for the draft and one for the final copy. Note that if you choose to save the paper to the repository, the student's next submission will have matching text with the first draft.

View the report generated by Turnitin

  1. Go to the Assignment List and click the "Grade" link under the Assignment you intend to grade.
  2. Across from the student's name, click the icon in the "Turnitin" column
  3. The Originality Report will open in a new browser window.
  4. To learn how to read the Originality report, view this video tutorial created by Turnitin.

It will take between 15 minutes and 24 hours for Turnitin to generate the report. If no report has been generated after 24 hours, there may have been a problem with the assignment settings or with the student's file. Contact the Instructional Technology Assistance Center (ITAC) for help.