Turnitin provides instructors with the tools to prevent plagiarism, engage students in the writing process, and provide personalized feedback.
You can use Turnitin on its own by visiting www.turnitin.com. If you have never used Turnitin before, as an instructor you will need to request access to turnitin.com. We will set up a user for you and send you information on how to access and proceed. Please email email@example.com to request access.
There is also a module that works with turnitin.com that is built directly into Moodle. So if you are having your class submit an assignment and wish for them to submit to turnitin and get a plagiarism report as well, this is a great option. You can add the module the same way you add a regular moodle assignment, but instead of choosing Assignment in the menu, you will have to choose External Tool. Once this is added, you can configure which external tool you are using by specifying Turnitin from a drop-down menu in the settings of this module.
Here is a link to a tutorial on MoodleAnswers.com that explains this process.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions
What file types can you submit via Turnitin?
You can set Turnitin to accept any file type in Settings > Optional Settings.
However, please be aware the different file types have limitations with Turnitin functionality.
For example, Excel files are able to be uploaded, but Turnitin only compares visible text. It does not look at formulas or hidden columns, and will likely not display properly in Feedback Studio when you go to mark it. Excel files must be made using Microsoft Excel and not a third party program that has the ability to save in the. XLSX format. Libre Office, Open Office, and more are not compatible with Turnitin and will not be accepted.
Turnitin will not accept the following to generate Similarity Reports:
- Password-protected files
- Microsoft® Works (.wps) files
- Microsoft Word 2007 macros-enabled .docm files
- OpenOffice Text (.odt) files created and downloaded from Google Docs online
- Document (.doc) files created using OpenOffice, as they are not 100% Microsoft Word equivalent
- Apple Pages
- Spreadsheets created outside of Microsoft Excel (i.e. .ods)
- Text with visual effects
*NOTE* If you allow any file type to be submitted, such as an Excel file, you can accept the files, but a similarity report will not be available for this file types. If the files you are accepting are very complex we recommend you use a Moodle Assignment to collect these files, as no similarity report will be generated anyways and complex files can sometimes have trouble processing with Turnitin
To learn more about accepted file types see the link below
Limitations of Turnitin
Turnitin is billed as a plagiarism tool. This means it is a tool that can aid in detecting plagiarism by detecting text matches in documents accessed in the student repository, as well as other sources. When a text match is found, it is highlighted in the document and provides data to the file they believe the information is from. Keep in mind it is up to you as the instructor to evaluate these matches and determine if they have quoted and referenced the material properly or if the match is actually a misuse of the text.
What is an acceptable similarity report percentage?
Again this is up to you as an instructor. There is no rule that states plagiarism is acceptable if the similarity report scores below a certain percentage.
Each case must be evaluated by you as the instructor. Turnitin makes the process easier simply by identifying text matches for you.
Can Turnitin detect all aspects of a document?
No, Turnitin cannot detect, display or process hidden content, linked documents or documents that contain multiple files such as PDF portfolios.