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Turnitin Quick Start for Students


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This quick start tutorial consists of 4 parts which will help WOU students to get started in Turnitin. The 4 parts will guide students on how to do the followings : create a user profile and account, enroll and access to subject class, submit a paper and read originality report

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Turnitin Quick Start for Students

  1. 1. A plagiarism prevention tool used forassignment originality checkingTun Dr. Lim Chong Eu LibraryQuick Start (For Students)Part 1 - 4
  2. 2. 2This quick-start will help you (student user) get started withTurnitin.You must have ready access to a PC with internet connection tocomplete the task.There are 4 parts that you have to execute in order to be able touse the originality checking feature of Turnitin effectively. The 4parts are as listed below:Create a user profile and account (Part 1)Enroll and access your subject class (Part 2)Submit a paper to a class (Part 3)Read your originality report (Part 4)Part 1 needs to be done once only at the beginning of thesemester.Parts 2, 3 and 4 may be repeated by you in the same semester,once for each of the courses that you have registered in thatsemester.
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  4. 4.  Go to the Turnitin homepage at using your favourite webbrowser (e.g. Internet Explore, Firefox Mozilla,Safari, Chrome or others). Turnitin can also be accessed directly from its linkposted in the Student Portal (WawasanLearn andMYLIBRARY) and WOU’s library’s website. Another quick way to locate it is to start upGoogle, enter the word “turnitin” in the Googlesearch box. From the search results displayed,click on the Turnitin homepage link and you will betaken to its homepage as shown on the next slide.4
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  6. 6. 6 Look for the Login box at the top right. Click on the blue “Create account” link on theleft as shown below. A new Create a User Profile page will open.Click to select student account.
  7. 7. At this point, you must know the following information: Class ID (must be a unique numeric number) (to beprovided by your Tutor) Class enrollment password (case-sensitive) (to beprovided by your Tutor) Type in your class ID and enrollment password inthe boxes. Follow the remaining instructions to add yourpersonal details, create your own password, etc. Finally, click the “I agree – create profile” button tocreate your new student account. That’s it, you’redone.7
  8. 8. Remember:Now you have created your account with Turnitin, you wouldbe able to access Turnitin repeatedly using the same e-mail address and your own password throughout all thesemesters.This concludes the Part 1 of the exercise. Part 2 will showyou how to enroll and access your registered courses.For further information and support:Check out the “Support” webpage of Turnitin. There are videotutorials, user guides and manuals for you to refer to ordownload.The URL address is:
  9. 9. Should you experience technical problems with Turnitin, dosubmit (via e-mail) your problems with relevant details (e.g.Tutor & Course Coordinator’s names, subject, etc) to theTurnitin Administrator at WOU at or
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  11. 11. 11Upon completion of Part 2 of this tutorial session, youshould be able to : use your assigned class ID* and class enrollmentpassword to sign in to Turnitin to access your ownstudent user page in Turnitin; enroll in your subject class to view your class portfoliowhich contains assignment information posted byyour Tutor for the course or courses that you haveenrolled in for the current semester.Expected Learning Outcome* Remember, every class has its own class ID and enrollmentpassword which will be provided to you by your Tutor.* Remember, every class has its own class ID and enrollmentpassword which will be provided to you by your Tutor.
  12. 12. 12Your student homepage will open out displaying amongother info, the following four links on the top of the page: all classes enroll in a class what is plagiarism? citation helpThis is anexemplar.
  13. 13. 13 Do browse and familiarize yourself with the contentsof this page. Where is the class ID displayed? What is in the “userinfo”? etc. If you are viewing this page for the very first time,then you will only see the class ID and name of onecourse (i.e. the one that you entered earlier justbefore you created your user profile (in Part 1). Click on that course name link to open and view yourclass portfolio for that course. In the example, thecourse is EED 214/05: 3MLE1 (Status: active).
  14. 14. 14 In your class portfolio, you will see your assignmentlist which looks like the example shown below:Take a good look at the kinds of information displayed. In thisexemplar, TMA1, TMA2 and TMA3 assignment portfolios havebeenposted by the Tutor. The START and DUE dates are shown.Note: Do not confuse the DUE dates set here (i.e. duration forchecking) with the submission assignment due dates which you mustThis isanexemplar
  15. 15. 15Question : I have enrolled for 3 courses in this semester.How do I add the other 2 classes to my studenthomepage?Answer : You have to enroll in these 2 classes one by one. Click on the “enroll in a class” link on the top header. A pop-up box will appear. Fill in the relevant class IDand enrollment password. Click the “submit” button.
  16. 16. 16 To view all your enrolled classes (Status: active), clickon “all classes” tab. You should see all your threecourses listed as shown in the exemplar below.This is anexemplar
  17. 17. Remember: As you have already created youraccount with Turnitin, you are now able to accessTurnitin anytime using the same e-mail address andyour own password throughout the semester.This concludes Part 2 of the tutorial. Part 3 will showyou how to submit your written TMA paper or reporton Turnitin.17
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  19. 19. 19Upon completion of this Part 3 tutorial,you should be able to sign in to Turnitin tosubmit your course assignment paper fororiginality checking.Expected Learning Outcome
  20. 20.  Sign in to Turnitin using your registered e-mail addressand own password (if you’re not already signed in). You should see your list of enrolled courses for thecurrent semester (Status: active). Click on your coursename link to view your assignment portfolio.20In the assignment Inbox, you will see the TMA assignment(s)created by your Tutor. It looks like the example below:This is anexemplar
  21. 21.  To submit your assignment, click the “Submit” button. Bynow, you should know the title of your assignment andwhere that document file is kept in your PC. A new page appears for you to fill in the requiredinformation.21This is anexemplar
  22. 22. 22Leave this as it is – “single fileupload”.Please remember this – file size< 20MBEven thoughTurnitin acceptsseveral file types,please bear in mindthat WOU requiresyou to submit yourtext document inthe MicrosoftWORD format.Input your document filename hereClick “upload” button to submit your file
  23. 23. 23As a precaution,before you finallyclick the submitbutton, Turnitin will letyou preview yoursubmission in aseparate page asshown on the right.Once you’re sure thatthe content iscorrect,then click the“submit” button tosubmit your paper toTurnitin for originalitychecking
  24. 24. 24You may now returnto your class portfoliopage by clicking thislinkTake note of yourpaper ID numberSuccess at last! Turnitin sends you a digital receipt as shownbelow:
  25. 25. 25Once back in your class portfolio page, wait for a whileand refresh your page (press F5 key from your keyboard)and you will see your Similarity Index result (%).The “Submit” button has turned into a “Resubmit”button. This indicates that you can resubmit your paperfor checking as many times as you wish.However, for Resubmission or subsequencesubmissions there will be a 24 hours delay to generatethe Similarity Index result. The reason of the delay is toensure that student researches and think about how torewrite their assignment paper in their own wordsrather than just using Turnitin to get a lower SimilarityIndex score by resubmitting over and over again.
  26. 26. Remember: Once you have created your accountwith Turnitin, you are able to access Turnitin anytimeusing the same e-mail address and your ownpassword throughout the current semester.This concludes Part 3 of the tutorial. Part 4 will showyou how to retrieve the much anticipated OriginalityReports from Turnitin.26
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  28. 28. 28Upon completion of this Part 4 tutorial,you should be able to sign in to Turnitin toread the Originality Report compiled byTurnitin based on what you have written inyour TMA paper submitted earlier by you toTurnitin.Expected Learning Outcome
  29. 29. 29 In practice, a paper submitted to Turnitin will be compared againstmillions of internet documents, published journals, periodicals, andeven previously submitted papers stored in Turnitin’s own databank. The comparison document is called an Originality Report. Briefly, the Originality Report provides a summary of matching textfound in a submitted paper. The Report also reveals the matchingsources. The amount of matching content is indicated by an index of similarityexpressed in percentage (%). The higher the % value, the greater theamount of matching content. As a student of WOU, you are permitted to view the Originality Reporton your submitted paper. Follow the instructions provided in the nextslide.About the Originality Report ofTurnitin
  30. 30. 30Here’s how you do it. Sign in to Turnitin using your e-mail address and password(i.e. if you’re not already signed in). Click on your subject to go into the Class Homepage. On the Assignment Inbox section, look under the Similaritycolumn. Double click on the index box to display the fullOriginality Report on your submitted paper.Part 4 : How can I view the Originality Reportnow that I have submitted my TMA paper?
  31. 31. 31Sample of Originality Report page (it consists of 3parts) - PDF Document View(1) Info about yourpaper (e.g. title, yourregistered name,filename, similarityindex)(2) Right side displaysthe text of yoursubmitted paper markedin matching colours(3) Left side displays thematching sources markedin different coloursScrolldownto seemoreIndex = 13%Print ordownloadreport
  32. 32. 32Sample of Originality Report page (index = 26%)[2] = Matchingtext found fromthis source
  33. 33. 33Advice:Turnitin has many more features that cannot becovered here. Do explore them.Proper interpretation of an Originality Reportrequires careful thought and discussion with yourTutor. Ask your Tutor about conditions under whicha certain % of matching text may be allowed andhow such text should be cited or reported in yourpaper.Visit the Turnitin homepage to find out more aboutthe subject. Watch the videos.
  34. 34. 34That’s it. This concludes Part 4 which is also the lastpart of the quick-start tutorial on Turnitin. We hopeyou have really benefited from it.Remember:Now you have created your account with Turnitin, youare able to access Turnitin anytime to submit yourdraft assignment papers for originality checkingbefore you finally submit the papers for grading byyour Tutor. This is considered a good practice.Thank you for your participation.
  35. 35. For further information and support:Check out the “Support” webpage of Turnitin. There are videotutorials, user guides and manuals for you to refer to ordownload.The URL address is: you experience technical problems with Turnitin, dosubmit (via e-mail) your problems with relevant details (e.g.Tutor & Course Coordinator’s names, subject, etc) tothe Turnitin Administrator at WOU at or EndThe End