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Plagiarism & Citation: Turnitin

Turnitin FAQs

Click here to sign up for a Turnitin account.

How do I access the software?


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?


  • 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 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.

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