Turnitin Instructions for Students

It is up to each instructor whether or not the class will use Turnitin. Some classes use it, but other classes do not. Use the following steps only if your instructor asks you to enroll in a Turnitin class.

In undergraduate classes instructors either upload student work in Turnitin themselves or they give students a Turnitin class ID and class enrollment key in order to enroll in a Turnitin class and upload their work. 

In graduate classes instructors upload student work themselves on their behalf if needed. They do not require students to enroll in a Turnitin class.



New users: Create an account

  • Go to Turnitin.
  • At the upper right, click Create account.
  • At the next screen, under Create a New Account, select student.
  • Enter the Turnitin class ID and the class enrollment key. (Your instructor should supply this information. The library will not have the Turnitin class ID or enrollment key.)
  • Continue to fill out the form with your name and e-mail address. Create your personal Turnitin login password and confirm it. Select a secret question and answer it.  Read through the user agreement and, if you agree, click I agree – create profile.

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Returning users:  Add your current class to your account

  • Log in to Turnitin with your e-mail address and the personal login password you created.
  • Click enroll in class, and enter your instructor’s Turnitin class ID and class enrollment key. (Your instructor should supply this information. The library will not have the Turnitin class ID or enrollment key.)

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Submit a paper

  • Log in to Turnitin with your e-mail address and the personal login password you created.
  • Once you login you will see a list of your classes. Click your class title to see the list of assignments associated with it.
  • In the assignment list look for the title of your assignment. To the right of the title click the Submit icon.
  • Where you see choose a paper submission method, leave the default setting single file upload.
  • Enter submission title, i.e., the title of your paper.
  • To upload a file, click on the Browse button, find the paper on your disk or computer, then click Upload.
  • Be sure it is the paper you want to send, then click submit.

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Read your Originality Report

If your instructor wants you to see your own Originality Reports, please use the following steps. (See our Reading and Understanding Turnitin Originality Reports Tutorial for an in-depth explanation.)

  • Log in to Turnitin with your e-mail address and the personal login password you created.
  • Click your class title.
  • In your assignment in-box, on the line with your assignment title, you will see a percent match and a colored square. Click the colored square to see the Originality Report. If you see Not Available, check with your instructor. Your instructor's assignment settings may not allow students to see their Originality Reports.
  • For help with understanding and interpreting Originality Reports, on the page with the Originality Report, click the help button toward the upper right. There you will find Turnitin’s best information for working with and interpreting reports.

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Submitting multiple drafts

See Can students revise work that they submit to Turnitin?

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