Turnitin in the Learning Portal

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NOTES: Turnitin available in Portal courses as of August 15, 2016.

Before using Turnitin, instructors must adhere to U of T's Turnitin Conditions of Use and include the Conditions of Use statement in their course outline.

For information on Inline Grading, please see Grading Submitted Files: Inline Grading.

Resolved: Known Issue with the Turnitin Assignment Bulk Download option.


Learn more about Turnitin:

About Turnitin

What are the Originality Reports?

Turnitin Conditions of Use
(before using Turnitin instructors must adhere to these)

Centre for Teaching Support & Innovation (CTSI)

Additional Resources

Important Contacts

Turnitin Technical Updates & Troubleshooting

Create Assignments and Review Submissions:

Create a Turnitin Assignment in a Portal Course
Review Turnitin Assignment Submissions

About Turnitin

Turnitin (can also be referred to as Turnitin.com in University of Toronto communications) is an electronic resource that assists in the deterrence of plagiarism. Instructors using this tool can create a Turnitin Assignment in their Portal course to which students submit their assignments electronically.

With the integration of Turnitin into the Portal, class and assignment setup using the Turnitin.com website is not required.

Each submitted paper is checked for textual similarity using millions of resources stored in the Turnitin.com database.  Instructors can access and view the Originality Report in their Portal course. The Turnitin program can help students develop their writing skills, save instructors time in the investigation of the originality of student work, and allow for efficient citation verification. Using this information, as well as any other relevant information, it is then up to the individual instructor to determine if these passages represent plagiarism.  Before using Turnitin instructors must adhere to U of T's Turnitin Conditions of Use.

What are the Originality Reports?

For each paper submitted, an Originality Report is generated by Turnitin. Once analyzed, originality reports are generated within 5-10 minutes for instructors, highlighting questionable areas. Originality Reports for the second or subsequent submissions will take up to 24 hours to generate. This report highlights any suspicious passages that match other materials in the Turnitin database or on the web. Please remember that these reports do not indicate whether a student has plagiarized but simply help to identify sources that contain textual similarities in submitted papers. The instructor must use his/her own judgment to determine if plagiarism has occurred.

For more information on Originality Reports, please see Understanding Turnitin and the Originality Report (PDF).

For information on what constitutes plagiarism at U of T consult the Code of Behaviour on Academic Matters.

Turnitin Conditions of Use

The use of Turnitin.com by our instructors is completely voluntary. Those wishing to use Turnitin in their courses should be made aware of the following:

  1. Turnitin is a tool that will assist in detecting textual similarities between compared works. Instructors must exercise their independent professional judgment in, and assume responsibility for, determining whether a text has been plagiarized.
  2. Students must be informed at the start of the course that the instructor will be using Turnitin.com. The course syllabus must include the following statement and cannot be altered in any way:

“Normally, students will be required to submit their course essays to Turnitin.com for a review of textual similarity and detection of possible plagiarism. In doing so, students will allow their essays to be included as source documents in the Turnitin.com reference database, where they will be used solely for the purpose of detecting plagiarism. The terms that apply to the University’s use of the Turnitin.com service are described on the Turnitin.com web site.”

  1. Turnitin.com is most effective when it is used by all students in a particular course; however, if students object to its use on principle, a reasonable offline alternative must be offered. There is a wide variety of non-electronic methods that can be used to deter and detect plagiarism: for example, to require that all rough work be handed in with the paper or that the student include an annotated bibliography with the paper. We ask that instructors consult with the Centre for Teaching Support & Innovation when establishing these alternatives.

Additional Resources

Important Contacts

Instructors who have questions about the process for the handling of academic offences should contact their department/division (in many cases this would be the undergraduate chair or associate chair/dean). In addition, divisional offices (or individuals) are also to provide advice regarding particular academic integrity issues or to discuss a specific situation. These include: