What is Turnitin?

Turnitin is a web-based plagiarism detection service designed to detect unoriginal work submitted by students.  It identifies textual matches between submitted files and billions of pages from both current and archived instances of the internet, millions of student papers previously submitted to Turnitin, and commercial databases of articles and periodicals.


When a paper is submitted online to Turnitin, an Originality Report is compiled and posted for the instructor. The report highlights any text in the paper that matches sources within the Turnitin database and it provides links to those sources. This can help faculty judge the degree of originality in a student's work and if sources have been cited legitimately.


Please note that while Turnitin is a highly regarded tool for detecting textual similarities between compared works, it is in fact only a tool which should be used in conjunction with the faculty memberís professional judgment in determining whether text has been plagiarized.


What are the benefits of using Turnitin?


Turnitin is designed to:


How do I get a Turnitin account?


Turnitin requires faculty to create a user profile.Under that profile, you are able to create a number of courses with assignments.Faculty may require students to upload their work directly to turnitin or may submit it on behalf of their students.


Faculty who choose to use Turnitin must inform students of its use and should place the following statement in their course syllabus:

Students agree that by taking this course all assignments are subject to submission for textual similarity review to Turnitin.com. Assignments submitted to Turnitin.com will be included as source documents in Turnitin.com's restricted access database solely for the purpose of detecting plagiarism in such documents.  The terms that apply to the Universityís use of the Turnitin.com service are described on the Turnitin.com web site.  For further information about Turnitin, please visit: http://www.turnitin.com.


To request a Turnitin account:

         Complete the ďTurnitin Account RequestĒ form at: http://web.njcu.edu/checkbox_dl/Survey.aspx?surveyid=1026

         Once your account request is processed you will receive an email from the Department of Online Learning containing an Account ID and Join Password.

         Use this information to create your user profile at www.turnitin.com.


How can I receive additional help?

Turnitin provides instructors with short tutorial videos to help you get started with Turnitin. Click the following link to view Turnitinís QuickStart videos:

or click this link to access Turnitinís written tutorials:


If you need additional assistance, you may also request an appointment with the educational technologist assigned to you in the Department of Online Learning by calling (201) 200-3449.