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Using Turnitin

UC San Diego has a site license to use Turnitin.com. This service is free to UC San Diego faculty. Turnitin underscores UC San Diego's commitment to academic integrity by giving faculty an easy facility to check students' work against the internet, journals and previously submitted papers (or lab reports). Each assignment is given a "similarity index" report which alerts instructors to potential cases of plagiarism and the possible sources of the plagiarized passages; instructors can use the report as a starting point for checking student papers for proper citation and attribution. Turnitin can also be used during the writing process to help students check for incorrect and missing citations prior to submission.

Getting Started

  1. Email its@ucsd.edu with your @ucsd.edu account and specify your department.
  2. You will receive a confirmation email with instructions. [Returning Users Password Reset]
  3. Create your course(s).
  4. Create assignment(s) in your courses.
  5. Add this text to your syllabus:

    Maintaining Academic Integrity: Students agree that by taking this course all required papers will be subject to submission for textual similarity review to Turnitin.com for the detection of plagiarism. All submitted papers will be included as source documents in the Turnitin.com reference database solely for the purpose of detecting plagiarism of such papers. Use of the Turnitin.com service is subject to the terms of use agreement posted on the Turnitin.com site.

  6. Distribute class ID and password to your students.  [Student Guide]

Training and Reference

Next Steps

For more information about interpreting Turnitin reports, investigating suspected cases of plagiarism, or reporting suspected cases, please contact the Academic Integrity Coordinator at aic@ucsd.edu or (858) 534-2715.