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9.01.8 Turnitin Integration

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Turnitin is a Plagiarism detection software which compares student submissions against a database of written works. Turnitin will produce a “Similarity Score” for your students’ submissions, giving insight into the degree of possible plagiarism (or lack thereof). 

In order to access the Turnitin integration, the institution must have an enterprise subscription to the Turnitin service.  If this is the case, the integration must be enabled for your institution in LabArchives.  Please contact to request the Turnitin integration feature and provide the contact information of your Turnitin administrator.  We will work with the Turnitin administrator to obtain the Turnitin API information that is needed to enable the integration with LabArchives. 

Once this is enabled for your institution, the integration can be used in LabArchives course by specifying this when creating a new course or editing an existing one. This can be done by going to the Course Information tab of the Course Manager. Simply check the checkbox indicated in the below screenshot and click Save Changes to enable this integration. 

When a student submits an assignment, a message will show that their assignment will also be submitted to Turnitin. This integration will generate a PDF of the student’s assignment page and will send the PDF to Turnitin for a submission of a similarity score.  

Once this feature is enabled, the Turnitin-LabArchives integration makes these Similarity Scores easily visible shortly after each student submits their work. Once students submit the assignment entry, a similarity score will be displayed on the assignment entry as shown below from the assignment navigator. (Note: Turnitin Similarity Scores are only accessible to the Instructor and Teaching Assistant(s). Students will not have access to this information.)  

You can get an aggregate view of all your Students’ Similarity Scores by going to the Course Manager Grades tab, where each score is displayed to the right of any given submitted or graded assignment. This can be seen in the screenshot below.  

Clicking on any similarity score will allow you to view a specific Turnitin Similarity Report in detail. In this report, the text of student’s submission is broken up into separately highlighted sections, each of which is attributed to a possible outside source on the right side of the screen. An example of this appears below.