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Turnitin enables instructors and students to check the similarity of student work comparing submissions to other sources on the Internet and in Turnitin's extensive database. Additionally, instructors can directly mark-up student submissions - saving your frequently used comments in libraries of "quick marks" for improved work flow - as Turnitin integrates into your existing Blackboard Learn.

Why Should I use Turnitin?

  • Check for potential plagiarism
  • Drag and drop frequently used feedback comments
  • Leave voice comments
  • Grade by rubric 

    Similarity Check

    CSU Chico discontinued support for Peermark. According to the Turnitin Product Roadmap, they are “no longer making any changes” to the current PeerMark product. Their long term goal is to “replace PeerMark with a new tool that instructors and students can use with ease.”

    Please contact a Technology and Learning Program consultant to discuss other peer review options, which include Google Docs, Blackboard Learn groups, etc.

    Since students own the copyrights to their works (in most cases), Turnitin asks students for confirmation to submit a copy of their paper to Turnitin's repository.  Students opting out of this may need alternatives, such as: requiring a photocopy of the first page of all reference sources used, an annotated bibliography, and a one page paper reflecting on their research methodology.

    Adding a Turnitin Assignment to Blackboard Learn

    1. From Blackboard Learn, click on any folder where you want to add a Turnitin assignment.
    2. From the content area, click the Assessments link, then select Turnitin Assignment.
    3. Enter the assignment Title and Point Value (if points assigned).
    4. Enter the Start Date when the assigned is available to students in Bb Learn.
    5. Enter Due Date. There is an additional option to allow submissions after the due date.
    6. If applicable, enter the Post Date. The Post Date is when students get access to grade comments if you are using GradeMark.
    7. Click Optional Settings and specify the settings you want for this assignment.
    8. Click Ok when prompted with the message Turnitin assignment successfully added.

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    Accessing GradeMark from Blackboard Learn

    The quickest and most efficient method for instructors to access Turnitin, is from Course Tools > Turnitin Assignments. This lists all of  your Turnitin assignments in one place, as well as the option to sync your roster and grades, if needed. 
    1) The , navigate to Course Management > Course Tools > Turnitin Assignments.

    2) Select a Turnitin Assignment created for your course. This displays the Turnitin Assignment Inbox.

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    Introduction Video


    • You should have already installed the Turnitin iPad app from iTunes app store.

    • You should already have an existing Turnitin assignment in your course with student submissions.

    Note: If you do not have student submissions yet, click View/Complete and submit a paper as a non-enrolled student. Submitting as a non-enrolled student excludes the paper from the Turnitin database.

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    For other FAQs and known issues, please view this Turnitin FAQ and Known Issues google doc from TLP.

    Error 423

    If you get an ERROR 423 the first time you use Turnitin, please consult the following FAQ article to learn how to fix it: Why do I get an error message when adding a Turnitin assignment to Blackboard Learn?.

    Local Contact

    Marjorie Shepard
    Instructional Technology Consultant, TLP:
    (530) 898.3159