Turnitin Guides for Staff

Turnitin is a plagiarism detection service that also provides access to Feedback Studio the on-line feedback and grading tools.  Staff access the service and tools via duo, the University’s virtual learning environment.

You can try Turnitin’s Feedback Studio interactive demo any time.

Guides provided by the Learning Technologies Team
Creating a Turnitin Submission (Word)
Creating a Turnitin Submission (PDF)

Downloading submitted assignments  (Word)
Downloading submitted assignments  (PDF)

Turnitin FAQs for Staff

Can staff use Turnitin for their research papers?

No, Durham’s Turnitin licence only covers submissions from students.

Staff who would like to submit their paper to a plagiarism detection service may want consider using iThenticate, the plagiarism prevention tool for published works.

How do I exclude a specific source (match) in a Similarity Report?

Below is a link to Turnitin’s instructions on how to exclude one or more source (matches) and then restore them without regenerating the Similarity Report.

Turnitin’s Feedback Studio Similarity Report Guide – Excluding Sources

How do I interpret a Similarity Report (Originality Report)

Below is a link to Turnitin’s guidance on interpreting the Similarity Report including explaining the different levels of similarity, information on refining the similarity score and explanations of some unexpected results.

Interpreting the Similarity Report

What is a Similarity Report (also known as an Originality Report)?

Typically when a student submits an assignment to a Turnitin submission point Turnitin generates a Similarity Report (Originality Report). The Similarity Report is the result of comparison between the text of the submission against the search targets selected for the assignment; this will usually 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. Below is a link to Turnitin’s guidance on the Similarity Report.

Turnitin Feedback Studio — Viewing the Similarity Report

How do I create and use Rubrics and Grading Forms in Turnitin’s Feedback Studio?

The link below will take you to Turnitin’s guidance on rubrics and grading forms. It will provide instructions on how to create, edit, duplicate, and share both rubrics and grading forms. In addition, it explains how to use them to provide feedback.

Please note it is possible to automatically generate grades using a rubric.

Rubrics and Grading Forms using Turnitin’s Feedback Studio

How do I create, save and share new QuickMarks?

The link below will take you to Turnitin’s guidance on creating and saving your own QuickMarks. It will also show you how you and your colleagues can share a group of QuickMarks.

Turnitin Instructor Guides for Feedback Studio the QuickMark Manager

How can I navigate and adjust the document viewer in the Feedback Studio?

The link below takes you to Turnitin’s guidance on how to page quickly through a student’s submission and how to adjust the document viewer to make more or less of the document visible on screen.

Navigation in Feedback Studio

How do I provide on-line feedback in Turnitin assignments?

Turnitin’s Feedback Studio provides tools that will allow you to mark-up a student’s assignment with in-text comments, drop and drag comments from a collection of predefined comments (QuickMarks), to add extra information including web links to QuickMarks, create and store new QuickMarks, and provide feedback summaries (text and audio). Turnitin’s Feedback Studio guide can be found at the link below.

Turnitin Feedback Studio Commenting Tools

Don’t forget you can try out all the tools using a practice assignment in Turnitin’s Feedback Studio interactive demo.

How do I submit an assignment to Turnitin on behalf of a student?

Turnitin’s instructions on how to submit on behalf of a student can be found here.  Please remember you must select the student’s name from the drop-down list of students officially enrolled in the module. This is the only way to ensure that once their assignment is graded the mark will appear in the duo Grade Centre.