How to Use Turnitin

Turnitin is a plagiarism-detection software that compares a student's assignment to every document in its database (which includes all previously submitted papers) and on the Internet.

  • You can use Turnitin to check lab reports, essays, research papers, or any written assignment.
  • By using this tool, you'll reduce the amount of "detective" work you conduct.
  • Turnitin ensures fairness and equity in plagiarism allegations, because every paper is checked, not just suspicious papers.

Set up your account.

  • Learn how to log in and use Turnitin at UCSD.
  • E-mail for technical assistance.
  • You can have students submit papers directly to OR, if you are using TritonEd, you can create turnitin assignments directly in TritonED (the latter is recommended by EdTech Support)

Let students know you're using Turnitin.

Include the following statement in your syllabus:

"Students agree that by taking this course all required papers will be subject to submission for textual similarity review to for the detection of plagiarism. All submitted papers will be included as source documents in the reference database solely for the purpose of detecting plagiarism of such papers. Use of the service is subject to the terms of use agreement posted on the site."

Go beyond plagiarism checks.

  • Show students a sample Turnitin report to educate them on citation and attribution.
  • Ensure students have adequate understanding of citation and attribution practices.