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Turnitin is ideal for research papers and essays as it can be used to check for plagiarism in student writing. Turnitin also allows instructors to deliver feedback by leaving in-line comments and markup directly within a student's paper.



How To Get This Service

All instructors have access to Turnitin in their courses.

  • To get started, open a content area in your course
  • Click on Assessment > Turnitin Assignment
  • To view submissions from students, click on Course Tools > Turnitin Assignment


For technical issues, all faculty and students can call the Turnitin Support line.

  • Dial 1 (510) 764-7600 and press 3
  • Dial 1 for students
  • Dial 2 for faculty

For general questions and help getting started with Turnitin, reach out to the Academic Technology department.

UTelephone: NYC: (212)346-1661 / PLV: (914)773-3664

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Quick Tip:

To view student submissions in Blackboard, you’ll need to access the Assignment Inbox. To access it, go the Control Panel > Course Tools > Turnitin Assignment and select the assignment you wish to view submissions for.

How Does It Work?

Turnitin assignments can be created and posted in Blackboard. An Originality Report is generated for each individual student submission. The Turnitin Assignment Inbox synchronizes with the Blackboard Grade Center, so instructors can review and grade submissions all in one place.

Best Practices

  • Include a syllabus statement notifying students that Turnitin will be used as an assessment tool and make your plagiarism policy clear from the onset of your course.
  • Allow students to see Originality Reports when creating the assignment to foster an open discourse with your students and increase opportunities for self-critique.
  • Exclude bibliographic materials and quoted materials from the Similarity Index so that cited material will not be flagged as a similarity match in the Originality Report.

Syllabus Statement Template

Pace University has partnered with the third-party application Turnitin to help maintain our standards of excellence in academic integrity. Turnitin is a suite of tools that provides instructors with information about the authenticity of submitted work and facilitates the process of grading for instructors. Submitted files are compared against an extensive database of content comprising journal articles, student papers, and websites, both current and archived. Turnitin produces a similarity report and a similarity score. A similarity score is the percentage of a document that is similar to content held within the database. A similarity report gives the instructor more information about any potential matches and their sources. All submissions to this course may be checked using Turnitin.

Optional Statement

All submitted files are added to the Turnitin global database to check for instances for collusion amongst students.


Can you make Turnitin automatically fail a submission that exceeds a certain similarity score?
No. Turnitin leaves grading discretion to the instructor's discretion.

Why are my students' submissions not showing up in the Grade Center or in Needs Grading?
To fix this, go to Course Management > Control Panel > Course Tools > Turnitin Assignment. Next to the assignment, select Sync Grades.

Why can't students see my feedback?
This can be caused by a synchronization failure between Turnitin and Blackboard. To resolve, go to Course Management > Control Panel > Course Tools > Turnitin Assignment. Select the assignment in question. This will bring you to the Assignment Inbox. From here, select the Roster Sync button.