Note: All Turnitin services and related websites (Turnitin, OriginalityCheck, GradeMark, PeerMark, Turnitin for Admissions, WriteCheck, and iThenticate) may be unavailable for use during scheduled maintenance times. Times for these scheduled maintenance windows are the first and third Saturdays of each month, 7:00 AM to 11:00 AM Pacific Time

Turnitin is an online plagiarism-detection resource for educators and students concerned with developing quality writing and research skills. The system detects plagiarism by comparing submitted papers against three databases:

  1. A copy of the publicly accessible Internet (more than 2 billion pages updated at a rate of 30-40 million pages per day).
  2. Millions of published works (such as ABI/Inform, Periodical Abstracts, Business Dateline, and tens of thousands of electronic books).
  3. Student papers previously submitted from schools using Turnitin.com.

For each paper submitted, the results of these comparisons are compiled for faculty in custom "Originality Reports."

Even though a student paper may receive a high similarity rating in an Originality Report, it does not necessarily mean the paper is plagiarized. There are a number of perfectly legitimate reasons for a paper receiving a high similarity rating. For example, a research paper on the Bill of Rights which quotes extensively from the U. S. Constitution and is properly cited would nonetheless be flagged as being similar to content in the Turnitin databases. It is up to the faculty to review the Turnitin Originality Report to determine if the similar text is legitimate or reflects plagiarism.

There are two options for using Turnitin at CSU Los Angeles.:

  1. Create Turnitin assignments within Moodle. This approach leverages your Moodle login credentials and you do not need to request a separate Turnitin account id and password. Click here to download the Moodle Instruction Guide for Turnitin or contact mymoodle support for assistance.
  2. Use the Turnitin website to manage student-submitted assignments. You and your students will need to create profiles on the Turnitin website. To do this:

We encourage all faculty to read "Recommendations for Faculty Using Turnitin.com at CSU Los Angeles" before using Turnitin in your course.

Turnitin Links

Turnitin Additional Resources

Turnitin's training page offers a number of Flash Video Tutorials and downloadable PDF User Manuals and Quickstart Guides

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