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Introduction to Turnitin

Turnitin is the leading provider of text-matching software, designed to support students with their academic writing and assist in the detection of plagiarism. Turnitin is fully integrated into Blackboard and is the recommended method for student submissions of text based assignments.

Originality Check

The Originality Report is generated following a comparison between the text of the submission against their database; this may include billions of pages of active and archived internet information, a repository of works previously submitted to Turnitin, and a repository of tens of thousands of periodicals, journals, and publications. The similarity report will highlight any matching or highly similar text for the instructor to review.

A screenshot of Turnitin Originality Check. The text of an essay is highlighted in red, and a similarity score of 100% is displayed on the right.
A screenshot of Turnitin Originality Check. The text of an essay is highlighted in red, a dialogue box references an internet source where there is a high similarity.

GradeMark® Digital Assessment

GradeMark® allows instructors to quickly grade and provide feedback on a student’s submissions. By highlighting text and adding comments within the body of a paper. Using QuickMarks to quickly add commonly used editing marks and corrections and creating a custom set. Instructors can leave 3 minutes of voice comment along with a paragraph of general feedback. Rubric Scorecards and Grading Forms can be used to evaluate student work based on defined marking criteria.

A screenshot of Turnitin GradeMark. An essay is shown with speech bubbles where the academic has added comments within the body of the paper.
A screenshot showing a piece of work on Turnitin where marks have been applied using the comments feature and via Quickmarks.


PeerMark™ is the peer review assessment tool. Instructors can create and manage PeerMark assignments that allow students to read, review, and evaluate one or many papers submitted by their classmates. With the advanced options in PeerMark instructors can choose whether the reviews are anonymous or attributed, decide if students should be excluded from reviews, or pair students to assign students specific papers to review.

A screenshot of Turnitin PeerMark. A speech bubble icon is selected, the text box contains the question: "Could this be more concise?".
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