Turnitin is comprised of three interrelated tools;

Text matching to assist plagiarism and collusion checks,
Apply grades and feedback (including audio) onto scripts online
Comprehensive peer assessment tool


The primary features listed above can all be used independently of one another, thus ensuring its flexibility for a wide range of online electronic submission, grading and feedback applications. Turnitin is independent of Blackboard, but is fully integrated. This integration extends the capabilities of Blackboard by offering additional e-submission, e-feedback  and online peer assessment tools.

  • Check against world wide web resources, a central database of student papers, and a selection of academic databases.
  • A clean and simple interface for both staff and students.
  • A suite of expanding e-submission, grading, and e-feedback tools.
  • The potential of an innovative teaching tool.
  • Innovative  peer assessment opportunities.
  • Intuitive drag and drop feedback directly onto scripts.
  • Add audio feedback onto scripts.
  • Comprehensive statistical analysis of assignments, cohorts and scripts.

How do I use Turnitin?

  1. The first step is to create a paper assignment – this can then be used for text matching and or e-submission purposes.
  2. In addition to the above the asssignment can be used for e-marking, e-feedback, and grading – using the GradeMark tool.
  3. Flexible peer assessments can also be created from a paper assignment – using the PeerMark tool.

Important  The integration with Blackboard means that you need to be aware of specific operational procedures if using the tool for e-submission and/or feedback. A working knowledge of the GradeCentre in Blackboard is also necessary to understand how the integration operates.