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Since 2013 the University of Regina has utilized Turnitin - a suite of tools for submitting, grading, and returning papers online, as well as interactive calendars, discussion boards, and more.

Turnitin’s most well-known feature is the “Originality Report.” This feature compares submitted papers against a very large database, which includes:

  1. Databases of electronic books and articles;
  2. Archived webpages; and
  3. Previously-submitted student papers.

This feature is not designed to identify plagiarism automatically. Papers might show high degrees of similarity for a variety of reasons (improperly formatted citations, common phrases or expressions, etc.). Originality Reports provide detailed information on identified matches, and it is up to the instructor to follow up on areas of concern.

Turnitin’s suite of tools also includes:

  1. Online submission with a time-stamped electronic receipt, and opportunity for students to view fully-graded assignments online.
  2. GradeMark, a tool which allows instructors to quickly provide detailed feedback in a variety of ways (in-paper comments and notes, overall comments, rubrics).
  3. Different assignment formats, including peer review assignments for students.
  4. Discussion boards, calendar with assignment dates automatically populated, and more.

Click here for technical assistance related to Turnitin.