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You can use Turnitin either by enabling it in D2L's Submissions or setting up an account independent of D2L. To request an external account or if you have any questions about how to use TurnItIn, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
When a paper is evaluated, Turnitin provides an originality report which identifies text in the evaluated project or paper that is similar or identical to text in its database. Faculty must evaluate the quality of the report independently and determine if the parts identified by Turnitin are actually plagiarized .
As all matches are shown, even those cited properly by the student will appear in the originality report. As a result, faculty must scrutinize the Turnitin report, the student's work, and follow University policy before approaching a student about any possible plagiarism. If the faculty member suspects plagiarism for a work reported by Turnitin as "original," the faculty member should investigate further since the work may have been copied but not yet included in the database.
In the report, sources are listed by the first occurrence of the match in the database, which may not follow the source citation that the student used in his/her paper. Therefore, if the material the student has used is found in many places on the Web, the student's citation may be correct even though it doesn't match the source found by Turnitin.
Remember: If you uncover a violation and impose a sanction of any kind, you will need to report it in Campus Connection.
Faculty members who assign students work involving software code might find assistance in detecting violations using MOSS (Measure Of Software Similarity).
Approaching plagiarism as an opportunity for teaching and learning, rather than exclusively focusing on detection and punishment, has significant benefits for both students and educators.