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Plagiarism & Citation: Turnitin

Turnitin FAQs

Click here to sign up for a Turnitin account.

How do I access the software?

Canvas

Where does the software come from?

Turnitin is relatively new to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, but it has been used by colleges and universities since 1997.

What sources are checked?

60 billion web pages; 600 million student papers that have been submitted to the Turnitin database; over 100 million articles from professional journals, periodicals, and publications

How are matching sources shown?

Potential matching text is numbered, highlighted and color-coded by the source it came from. You can click on the highlighted text to compare text from the matching source.

What is the interface like?

Keeps original formatting; lists multiple sources per instance of matching (if found); provides options to exclude bibliography, material within quotation marks, or small matches.

How long does it take to generate a report?

Anywhere from 15 minutes to 24 hours, depending on how busy the software is.

Where can I submit a draft?

Go to “Libraries Turnitin Service” course in Canvas.

What file types are supported?

Turnitin accepts .doc, docx, .pdf, .rtf, .ppt, .pptx, .pps, .ps, .txt, .html, .hwp, and .wpd files.

 

Can I submit more than one draft at once?

Turnitin overwrites your draft each time you submit a new one, so you can view only one originality report at a time.

Does the software save my paper?

No, if you use Turnitin through University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries, your paper remains in “draft mode” and is not stored in the Turnitin database. Papers submitted to Turntin as part of a class may be stored, depending on the settings your instructor has chosen.

 

 

What is Turnitin?

Turnitin: 

  • Is a text-matching tool
  • Checks electronically submitted papers against over 60 billion web pages, 600 million student papers, and 130 million academic journal articles
  • Provides an originality report in which matching text is underlined, color coded, and linked to the original source
  • Is used to encourage and educate students about the importance of academic integrity

Access to Turnitin is available through Canvas. 

The first time you want to submit a draft to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries for review against Turnitin:

1. Fill out this form or contact the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries at ask-a-question@unl.edu to request to be added to the Canvas Turnitin course.

2. A librarian will add you to the course and send you further instructions on using the service. You will have access to Turnitin as long as you have access to Canvas.

Test Your Knowledge

Once I cite a source, I need to keep citing the source throughout my paper whenever I use words and ideas from that source.

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