Turnitin Software Information

Turnitin provides 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:

  • Databases of electronic books and articles.
  • Archived web pages.
  • 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. It is up to the instructor to follow up on areas of concern.

Turnitin’s suite of tools also includes:

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

To discuss the uses of Turnitin in an academic setting please contact the Centre for Teaching and Learning (CTL) via email at CTL@uregina.ca

Turnitin Information

The University of Regina has a site license for Turnitin. As Turnitin is a web based system it is accessible from any computer system with a web browser and internet connection, including computer labs across campus, and the public computer workstations in the Dr. John Archer Library.

  • University of Regina employees interested in obtaining access to the Turnitin system must either initiate a request using a FootPrints Ticket (Faculty and Staff only), or contact the IT Support Centre for assistance.
  • If you have trouble getting Turnitin to work please contact IT Support, and a member of the TLC training team will contact you to assist.
  • Grad Students and Instructors can contact the Centre for Teaching and Learning (CTL) for additional information.
  • The Technology Learning Centre in Information Services can also assist with Turnitin and UR Courses. They host drop-in sessions on Friday mornings in ED 548 from 8:30 am-11:30 am.