UMass Medical School Turnitin® Plagiarism Prevention System

What is Turnitin®?

Turnitin is a web-based plagiarism detection service that evaluates the originality of students' work by comparing their electronic documents to online sources and the Turnitin databases. Turnitin searches for textual matches from current and archived copies of publicly accessible Internet pages, including published works, journals, and publications. Turnitin is most effective as a deterrent, but can also be utilized as a means to teach students how to work with sources and to raise awareness of paraphrasing and quoting skills.

How Does Turnitin® Work?

Once a paper has been submitted to the database, an originality report is generated that highlights text matches to other documents. If a student submits a paper, the instructor can allow the student to view the report. If the instructor makes the submission, the report is not available to the student. Faculty will then need to review and evaluate the report to determine if plagiarism is present.

If you plan to use Turnitin for assignments in your course, you will need to add a statement to your syllabus such as:

As a condition of continued enrollment in the course, you agree to submit all assignments to Turnitin® for textual comparison or originality review for the detection of possible plagiarism. Students will understand that faculty have the right to submit any written assignments to Turnitin®.

Setting up a Turnitin® Account

GSN faculty and students may contact Victoria Rossetti for further assistance in setting up an account.

GSN students need to contact their class instructors to get access to Turnitin.

GSBS students and faculty may contact Rebecca Reznik-Zellen.

  1. To get started with Turnitin, faculty need to obtain the Account ID number and the account join password from the account administrator in the Lamar Soutter Library (Victoria Rossetti or Rebecca Reznik-Zellen).
  2. Go to http://www.turnitin.com and click on Create Account at the top right corner of the homepage.
  3. Create your profile and you will get your own username (email address) and password.
  4. Click the button to log in to Turnitin.
  5. On your homepage, click the add a class button to create a class and create an assignment.
  6. Then class instructors will send the class ID and the class enrollment password to their students.
  7. Students need this class ID and class enrollment password in order to get access to that specific class where they can submit their papers.

For More Information

Instructor Quickstart Guide

Complete Instructor User Manual (PDF, 15.1 MB)

Student Quickstart Guide

Plagiarism and Scientific Writing

Last updated: 01/04/2017 11:30:16