Ensure academic integrity and promote critical thinking for your students.

The Turnitin suite of tools fosters critical thinking by preventing plagiarism with originality checks, while also allowing detailed instructor and peer feedback on student submissions.

How does Turnitin work?

Students submit their drafts to Turnitin and to generate originality reports for their writing assignments. These reports, which compare the student submission to an existing database of writing, can go directly to the instructor or to the student so they can revise their writing or citations before submitting a final draft to their instructor. Turnitin’s grading tools allow instructors to provide feedback through voice or text comments and grade work through rubrics. 


Students submit their assignments to the feedback studio.

An originality report is generated to help assess student work.

The instructor can provide instant, detailed feedback on submissions.

Student writing progress is tracked with real time data.


How can Turnitin help me?

Turnitin is a simple but valuable learning tool that provides detailed feedback about the originality of student writing submissions. It is an easy way of helping students learn the difference between paraphrasing and quoting and how to avoid plagiarism. It also offers valuable internal tools that allow for peer review activities and multiple options for instructor feedback.

Key Features

Turnitin has a suite of internal tools that includes:

  • OriginalityCheck: helps instructors check students’ work for improper citation or potential plagiarism by comparing it against Turnitin’s content databases. Databases contain the current and archived web, more than 337 million student submitted papers, and content from Turnitin’s content partnerships with leading content publishers (including library databases, textbook publishers, digital reference collections, subscription-based publications, homework helper sites, and books).
  • PeerMark: allows for an online peer review environment for students to evaluate each other’s work.
  • GradeMark: provides a paperless, browser-based grading environment for instructors (and teaching assistants). The tool allows instructors to create custom rubrics and QuickMark (a standard mark/comment that can be reused on student papers).


  • Turnitin provides a simple way to discourage plagiarism and encourage proper citation by confirming the originality of student submissions.
  • The Turnitin platform is widely used and well-recognized, making it easy for students to learn to use.
  • Turnitin’s internal tools allow for efficient and effective assignment grading and feedback options.
  • A coming integration with Canvas will make it simpler to use.


  • Turnitin cannot be used to identify plagiarism, as much as it can provide originality checks to allow instructors to make informed decisions about potential problems with student submissions.
  • Because Turnitin is not FIPPA compliant, steps must be taken (creating aliases) to protect student privacy.

Instructor Account Setup

To begin using Turnitin:

  • UBC Vancouver: please contact Arts ISIT at arts.helpdesk@ubc.ca to help get your account set up.
  • UBC Okanagan: please contact the Centre for Teaching and Learning at 250-807-9293 to help get your account set up.

If you already have an account, log in directly at: turnitin.com.

After receiving your account information:

  • Use your account ID and join password to create a user account on the Turnitin New User Setup page.
  • After setting up your user account, you will need to create a class (i.e., a course) before creating an assignment dropbox for student submissions.
  • If you will be providing your TAs access to your course, you will need to create a “Master Class.”
  • On the class creation page, enter a class name and an enrolment password. As the enrolment password will also be used by your students, pick a password that is easy to remember.

Student Account Setup

  • Please let your students know the following account setup and privacy information.
  • To submit your paper on www.turnitin.com, you will need to create a unique user profile, consisting of a username (e-mail address) and password.

In order to protect your privacy, please follow these instructions.

  1. Create an anonymous email address using one of the available free services.
  2. Go to www.turnitin.com.
  3. At the top right, go to Create Account and select Student.
  4. Enter the Class ID and Enrolment Password given to you by your instructor.
  5. Create an alias or pseudonym and let your instructor know what this is.

You can submit a paper in two ways:

  • File Upload – Turnitin currently accepts submissions in Microsoft Word, WordPerfect, RTF, PDF, PostScript, plain text, and HTML formats.
  • Cut and Paste – You can cut and paste the text of your submission into a text box.

Removing Identifying Information

Please delete any identifying information from the original document prior to uploading it. This includes your name and student number in the document, as well as any metadata or hidden data that might be stored in the document itself.

To remove metadata from your Microsoft Word document:

  • Windows: You can remove the hidden data using Microsoft Word’s Document Inspector.
  • Mac: Remove the hidden data by clicking on Word > Preferences > Security, then selecting Remove personal information from this file on save.

For more details, refer to Turnitin’s Instructor Quickstart Guide and Instructor User Manual.

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Additional Resources

Turnitin Support

Discuss ideas and options with the Arts Learning Centre Drop by the Arts Learning Centre for a chat in Buchanan C105A
Email Arts ISIT Helpdesk Contact ArtsISIT arts.helpdesk@ubc.ca for more information or assistance!