Basic Usage

Sign Up

  1. Select "Create Account" and the Create a User Profile page will open at turnitin.com
  2. Select "Instructor." Fill in the required information in the new user profile form. 
    • In order to complete your profile, you must have an Account ID and anAccount Join Password. 
    • You can get this information from your institution's account administrator. 
  3. Select "I Agree" to log into Turnitin. 
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Adding a Class

  1. Select "Add Class"  to create a class. 
  2. On the "Create a New Class" page, enter a class name, an enrollment password, and end date.
  3. Select "Submit" to add the class to your homepage. 
  4. The class will now appear in your class list beneath your account. 
    • The number to the left of your class name is the class ID. 
    • Students will use this ID along with the class enrollment password to enroll in your class.

Creating a New Assignment

  1. Within your class homepage Select "Add Assignment."
  2. Enter an assignment title and choose a start and due date for the assignment. 
  3. Select "Submit" to add the assignment to your class homepage.

Submitting a Paper as an Instructor

  1. Select "View" link to the right of the paper assignment to open the assignment inbox and then Select "Submit Paper."
  2. Enter the paper"s title and select the author"s name from the author pulldown menu for enrolled students. 
  3. Select one of the submission options. Choose from this computer, Dropbox, or Google Drive.
  4. Select the file for submission. 
  5. Select "Upload"  to upload the paper.

Viewing Originality Reports

  1. From your class homepage, select "View" in the Actions column next to the paper assignment. 
  2. To open the Originality Report, select report icon. 
    • Note: A grayed out report icon indicates that the report has not yet been generated. Please wait a few moments and refresh your browser.
  3. The Originality Report will open in a new window called the Document Viewer. The Document Viewer allows instructors to access each Turnitin product in one location and view all the products simultaneously as layers. 
    • All the top sources found to match the paper submission are in the sidebar to the right of the paper contents.
    • To view all underlying sources for a top source hover the cursor over the source and select arrow icon. 
    • To exclude a source from the Match Breakdown list Select "Select Sources to be Excluded"  at the bottom of the source list. Once you have selected all the sources to exclude, Select "Exclude (#)"  at the bottom of the Match Breakdown list. If the sources that were excluded affects the Similarity Index it will recalculate and display a new percentage of matching content.

5 Tools Beyond Originality Reports


With GradeMark an instructor is able to edit and grade student work online.

For student papers instructors can add comments within the body of the paper, point out grammar and punctuation mistakes, evaluate the paper against  rubrics, assess the student’s performance within the class, and enter a grade for the paper that is automatically saved into GradeBook (optional).

  1. Select "Grade" from the assignment inbox. A new window will open displaying the GradeMark interface. 
  2. Using this interface, an instructor can add marks, general comments, and location specific comments to a student paper as well as entering a numeric grade.
    • "QuickMarks" allows instructors to select text and a comment.
    • "General Comments" allows instructors to record or text a general comment.
    • "E-Rater" automatically provides basic spelling and grammar feedback.
  3. To enter a grade, simply type a score in place of "--" at the top. The grade it automatically saved.


Rubric scorecards can be used to evaluate student work based on defined criteria and scales. Grading forms can be used to provide free form feedback and scores to evaluate student work based on defined criteria. The rubric scorecards and grading forms can be created by the account administrator and shared to all instructors on an account. Instructors may also select from pre-made rubrics based on the Common Core Standards. 

Create a Rubric Scorecard or Grading Form:

  1. Select Rubric icon below the GradeMark sidebar
  2. Select Rubric Manager icon

  3. Select Rubric list icon
  4. Select "Create new rubric" or "Create new grading form" from the drop down menu
  5. Complete the required information and select "Save"
    • Rubric
    • Form

Select a Rubric Scorecard:

  1. Select Rubric icon below the GradeMark sidebar
  2. Select Rubric Manager icon
  3. Select Rubric list icon
  4. Select a rubric from the list. Note these rubrics cannot be edited.

Attaching a Rubric to an Assignment

  1. Return to the Rubric List
  2. Select the rubric you would like to attach from the list of rubrics
  3. Click on the attach icon to attach the rubric to the assignment

Using a Rubric Scorecard to Grade

  1. Select rubric icon at the bottom right corner of the GradeMark window. A rubric scorecard will only appear if there is a rubric attached to the assignment.
  2. To grade with the rubric scorecard, select scale the paper has met for the criteria. The "Rubric score" below the scorecard displays the total of all the selected cell values. The "Rubric Percentage" displays the percentage of the total points out of points possible for the rubric scorecard. 
  3. To view the complete rubric, select "Expanded View."
  4. Select "Apply rubric percentage to grade" to apply this percentage to the assignments total point value. Once a grade is applied from the rubric scorecard it will appear in the "Grade" field at the top right corner of the document viewer.

Assignment "Add Ons"

PeerMark Assignments

PeerMark is the peer review assignment tool. Instructors can create and manage PeerMark assignments that allow students to read, review, and evaluate one or many papers submitted by their classmates. With the advanced options in PeerMark instructors can choose whether the reviews are anonymous or attributed, decide if students should be excluded from reviews, or pair students to assign students specific papers to review.

The basic stages of the PeerMark assignment process:
  1. Instructor creates a Turnitin paper assignment
  2. Instructor creates a PeerMark assignment and sets the number of papers students will be required to review, and creates free response and scale questions for students to respond to while reviewing papers
  3. Student papers are submitted to the Turnitin assignment
  4. On the PeerMark assignment start date, students begin writing peer reviews. For each assigned paper students write reviews by responding to the free response and scale questions. Once the PeerMark assignment due date passes no more reviews can be written, completed, or edited by the writer.
  5. On the PeerMark assignment post date, reviews of the students’ papers become available for the papers’ authors to view.
Creating PeerMark assignments:
  1. From the class home page, select "New Assignment."
  2. Select "PeerMark Assignment." Then select "Next Step."
  3. From the pull down menu labeled "based on paper assignment:" select the assignment this revision should be based on and complete the form. Select "Save & Continue" to continue.
  4. Add or select questions from the library. Select "Save & Finish."

Revision Assignments

Student users can only submit one paper per assignment. If the instructor wishes students to submit multiple drafts without overwriting the previous drafts, the instructor can create additional assignments using the revision assignment type. Revision assignments are duplicates of the "parent" assignment’s advanced options and standard settings, but may have new start, due, and post dates. The revision assignment may have a different "Generate Originality Reports for student submissions" setting. 

Creating revision assignments:
  1. From the class home page, select "New Assignment."
  2. Select "Revision Assignment." Then select "Next Step."
  3. From the pull down menu labeled "based on paper assignment:" select the assignment this revision should be based on and complete the form.
  4. Select "submit" to save this revision assignment. Revision assignments appear as sub-assignments of the main assignment on the class home page for instructors.

Reflection Assignment

Reflection assignments are created to allow students to submit a paper about what they have learned during the writing process. While not part of the peer review itself, a Reflection assignment is often a good follow up to a peer review to reinforce the lessons of peer-reviewed work.

To create a reflection assignment:
  1. Select "New Assignment" on the assignments page of a class.
  2. Select "Reflection Assignment" and select "Next Step."
  3. Select the paper assignment that the reflection assignment will be associated with and complete the form.


Discussion boards give students the chance to participate in peer discussions. The class discussion board allows students to suggest topics for approval by the instructor, reply to topics posted by the instructor, and reply to the posts made by students or instructors in a moderated discussion environment. The class discussion board is available from the class homepage discussion tab. 

Posting a Discussion Topic

  1. From the discussion board page select "post a new topic"
  2. Complete the form with the required information. 
    • Warning: When a discussion is moderated, students cannot read new posts until they have been approved by the moderator. 
    • Note: If "yes" is selected for anonymous reply, only the instructor will be able to see the user information of the person who made a particular reply
  3. Select "Submit" to post.

Posting a Reply

  1. To access a discussion and view the responses in the discussion, click the title of the topic listed on the discussion board page. This will bring the user into the detailed view of the topic. The topic is listed at the top of the page, and any responses are listed beneath the topic.
  2. Select "Reply to this topic." 
  3. Enter the response in the reply box provided and select "submit reply to topic" to add the reply to the discussion.


An instructor may choose to appoint a moderator for a discussion, or may moderate the discussion directly. The role of the moderator is to approve any and all replies made on a discussion board. Typically, this approval is used to ensure that only acceptable content is posted, that the discussion stays on topic, and that no inappropriate language is used.
  1. To edit a reply before approving it, select "edit" below the pending reply. Edit the reply for content if necessary. After making any edits, select "submit reply to topic" to edit the reply.
  2. To approve a reply, select "approve" below the pending reply. The pending reply will be shown.
  3. Use the "approve?" pull-down menu at the top and select "yes" to approve and post the reply, or select "no" to reject the reply. If the reply was approved it will be posted to the discussion. If the reply was rejected, the moderator is prompted to delete the reply or save it for later.

iPad Application

Turnitin for iPad allows instructors to grade student papers with all the favorite Turnitin features, on your iPad with the added benefit of grading offline. Turnitin for iPad includes automated originality feedback and allows you to leave the following types of feedback on student papers:
  1. QuickMark® comments with personalized comments
  2. Highlights with comments
  3. Bubble comments
  4. Inline comments
  5. Strikethrough text
  6. Voice comments
  7. General comments
  8. Rubric grading