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Educational Technology: Turnitin

A guide for Millikin faculty and staff interested in using technology in instruction. Some resources for students, as well.

Student Handout

From Turnitin.com

What is Turnitin.com?

Turnitin.com is a program designed to help students imporve their writing and citation skills.  Contrary to popular belief, it is not merely plagiarism detection software.  While Turnitin.com does help instructors by identifying passages where plagiarism may have occured, its primary role is to help student writers produce original work that makes proper use of citations, paraphrases, and direct quotations, where appropriate.


In addition to the popular originality report, turnitin can also facilitate Peer Review / Peer Writing Workshop activites for your students.  For more information, please contact the educational technology coordinator.

Setting Up an Account

Faculty and Staff:  To set up a Turnitin account, faculty and staff must contact the Educational Technology Coordinator, so they can be "invited" to use turnitin.  Please e-mail: rbicicchi@millikin.edu or call (217) 424-3692.

Students: Students can register for their own accounts, using the handout provided.  However, they will need a Class ID and Class Password from their instructor.

Millikin Academic Honesty Resources

Submitting a Student Paper Yourself

As the instructor, can I just upload a student paper myself?

Yes, but first you need to activate the "Quick Submit" feature:
1. Log into your Turnitin account
2. Click on the User Info tab
3. Under Account Settings, locate Quick Submit. Choose Yes.
4. Click on the Submit button at the bottom.
5. Click on the Home link
6. Then, on the left-hand side click on Quick Submit and upload the paper.

Accepting Revisions

As the instructor, can I have students submit multiple drafts?

Yes, but you need to create what's called a Revision Assignment so that students' submissions do not get tagged against prior submissions. To do this:
1. Log into your Turnitin account
2. Go to your class
3. Click on New Assignment.
4. Under Create a new, choose Revision assignment.
5. Choose the original assignment that this new revision is based off of.
6. Choose your start and due dates.
7. Click Submit at the bottom.