Turnitin is a cloud-based service for originality checking, online grading and peer review that saves instructors time and provides rich feedback to students. Turnitin is used to support the submission, tracking, plagiarism prevention, and evaluation of student work online.
Turnitin Status Updates & Support
Check below if you are experiencing Turnitin errors – often these are due to issues with the entire Turnitin service and are not something we control locally.
Turnitin has several support services for your questions or problems:
- Submit a Turnitin Helpdesk Ticket
- Help Center
- System Status of Turnitin – Stay current with Turnitin’s system status, performance, security, and scheduled maintenance updates.
You may also contact Karen Korstad for help in setting up and using Turnitin in your courses.
Plagiarism Prevention & Student Intellectual Property
MiraCosta faculty using Turnitin for plagiarism prevention should be aware of these key points from MiraCosta’s administrative procedure on intellectual property:
When an instructor makes use of software that incorporates student works into its database, as is common with plagiarism-prevention software, the use should be governed by the following guidelines:
– Student work may not be submitted to plagiarism-prevention software or other software that incorporates a student’s work into its database without the student’s knowledge.
– Students should be informed in the syllabus that such software is used in the course and that the software incorporates any student work submitted into its database.
– Students should be given alternatives, such as requiring students who do not submit their work to plagiarism-prevention software, to document their references using an annotated bibliography and/or photocopies of the first page of all sources used and/or to write a brief paper describing their research methodologies.
Professional Development – Learn more about Turnitin
Professional development opportunities are available from Turnitin:
You can also view a MiraCosta College webinar archive on Blackboard assignment tools, including Turnitin, by Karen Korstad from fall 2014.