Answered By: Chrissine Cairns
Last Updated: Jun 04, 2018     Views: 212

The Writing Center does not have access to submit student papers to Turnitin.  However, many courses at Purdue Global now have Turnitin enabled through the assignment dropboxes.  If an assignment has Turnitin enabled, you will see the binocular icon next to the name of the dropbox (see Figure 1):

turnitin binocular icon

Figure 1.  Unit 9 Assignment Dropbox with Turnitin Enabled

If you do not see the binocular icon next to the name of the dropbox, then your course likely does not have Turnitin enabled.  Please check with your instructor to see when and if Turnitin may be added to your course.

When you submit an assignment to a drop box in a Brightspace online classroom with Turnitin enabled, the assignment is automatically scanned by Turnitin.  After several minutes, an icon appears in the drop box indicating that the similarity report is ready to review (see Figure 2):

Figure 2.  Turnitin Report is ready to view.

Click on the icon with the percentage to open the Turnitin report.  The report may show

  • Similarity of the content of the assignment through a comparison with content already in the Turnitin database.

  • Feedback on the proper use of grammar and English language within the submitted content. 

You will find a User Guide for Turnitin in the Help section of your course (Brightspace Help Resources) with guidance on how to interpret the report and make improvements to your written work.  

Additionally, ASC Tutors can help you interpret your report and suggest revisions to your work.  To consult with a Writing Tutor about your Turnitin report, please visit live tutoring.
Please click here to see our live tutoring hours.  You may also submit your assignment and Turnitin report for feedback through our video paper review service.