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Online assignments using Turnitin in Blackboard allow students to submit essays online and provide instructors with the functionality to give detailed feedback to students using annotations, rubrics, voice recordings and text. Turnitin is now integrated into the College VLE, Blackboard Learn, which offers a streamlined process for grading online assignments and checking academic integrity.

Turnitin is the standard in online plagiarism prevention. It identifies papers containing unoriginal material from over 40 million student papers, 12 billion webpages, over 10,000 newspapers, magazines, scholarly journals and thousands of books. Turnitin allows educators to check students’ work for academic integrity by searching for improper citation or potential plagiarism by comparing it against continuously updated databases. Every Originality Report provides instructors with the opportunity to teach their students proper citation methods as well as to safeguard their students’ academic integrity.

Click on the titles below to view information on plagiarism and using Turnitin.

Information & Guides for Staff

Turnitin has now been integrated within Blackboard. Using Turnitin within Blackboard is the recommended and supported method for creating Turnitin assignments for your students. Visit our online assignments page to access guides and podcasts on creating Turnitin assignments within Blackboard.

The eLearning team recommends that staff create assignments using Turnitin via Blackboard rather than Turnitin.com. Using Turnitin via Blackboard means that students & staff no longer have to set up accounts with Turnitin.com or manage Join codes - this is all done automatically through Blackboard providing an improved user experience. We have created online guides to help staff move from using Turnitin.com to using it via Blackboard. If you have a query regarding Turnitin.com or need help moving to using Turnitin via Blackboard, please email the Teaching & Learning IT team via itservicdesk@tcd.ie. Please note: we can only provide advice and support for queries relating to Turnitin within Blackboard and not Turnitin.com.

Please note most importantly, if you are going to run your students papers through Turnitin, the student must be informed in advance about the product and its intended use by you, the lecturer. 

Information & Guides for Students

Submission Issues: if you have issues submitting your assignment, please contact your instructor. IT Services cannot reset your submission; this needs to be done by the instructor in the first instance and they can contact IT Services if they encounter an issue.

File Limits & File Types: the maximum file size supported by Turnitin is approximately 100mb and the maximum paper length is approximately 800 pages. More details including supported file types are available on the Turnitin website.

Viewing Your Originality Report: Your instructor controls whether or not the originality report is available to view before the due date. If the report says 'Pending' please return to the file at a later stage - typically around an hour after first submitting but this can vary depending on the file size or whether it is a busy period. Resubmission reports can take up to 24 hours to generate (or longer if there is an issue with the paper or the Turnitin service) - please ensure you leave plenty of time before submitting. IT Services have no control over how long these reports take to appear. Please check with your instructor if you are unsure what options are available to you.

Submitting via Blackboard: if you are submitting your assignment via Turnitin in Blackboard, you do not need to create a Turnitin account. Do not create a Turnitin account or login via Turnitin.com - instead submit your assignment via Blackboard and save the receipt once you have submitted. Please see our Quick Guide or video on how to submit your assignment.

What is Plagiarism? Ready Steady Write Online Tutorial

Plagiarism is interpreted by the University as the act of presenting the work of others as ones own work, without acknowledgement. Plagiarism is considered academic fraudulent, and an offence against University discipline. The University considers plagiarism to be a major offence, and subject to disciplinary procedures of the University. The University's full statement on plagiarism is set out in the University Calendar, Part I, 'General Regulations and Information', II, Academic progress, p63 - p71.

Ready Steady Write is a resource developed by Academic Practice and eLearning at Trinity College Dublin as a guide for students to help prevent plagiarism and develop academic writing skills and academic integrity.

For Students: We suggest you begin by watching some student videos, where you can listen to the views of your fellow students. Then work your way through the online tutorial on plagiarism or our online academic writing handbook. Both are designed so that you can view from beginning to end or in sections and topics. Each resource is divided into sections and tasks to which you can return as you approach and complete the different stages of your academic writing.