The following resources give tips to instructors and students for each of the Turnitin tools.

General Recommendations

If you plan to use Turnitin for a course, we recommend the following steps be taken.

  1. Announce that Turnitin will be used in your course for all students and which tools will be used.
    Note: Many students may associate Turnitin with just the Originality Report, so be clear if you intend to use that tool or not.
  2. Provide instructions to students for logging in to your Turnitin course and uploading papers as needed.
  3. Follow best practices for each tool. See links to details in the following sections.

Originality Report

Optimizing the Originality Report
How to minimize student plagiarism and maximize report results
Originality Report: Student Information
Information for students about the Originality Report
Rough Drafts
Information for students about the Originality Report
Sources in Originality Reports
Information for students about the Originality Report
Originality Report: Plagiarism Links
Links to Penn State tutorials and resources


The following resources also include information on Originality Reports.

Turnitin Academy Videos
Recorded lectures on multiple topics
Turnitin White Papers and Webcasts
Research and best practices on all tools

Rubrics (Penn State)

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