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A guide to using TurnItIn

What is TurnItIn?

What is Turnitin?

Turnitin is an online tool created in 1996 by a group of professors from the University of California, Berkeley. This tool allows professors or students to upload papers to the Turnitin database.

How does Turnitin work?

The student's paper matched against the database of web pages, paper mill essays, and other student papers submitted online. Turnitin then creates an "originality report" highlighting any passages from the paper that might not be authentic and lists websites and other resources with content that matches that in the paper.

Does Alfaisal University provide access to Turnitin?

Yes, Alfaisal University has subscribed to Turnitin as an institution. For student access/use information see "getting started" to the right. For more information using TurnItIn please contact Mr. Abdullah M. Alhelan:

Phone: 215-7846

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    The Alfaisal University Libraries coordinate campus-wide access to's Originality Checking, a service which enables faculty and students to maintain the University's high standards for ACADEMIC HONESTY. The Originality Checking software generates a report which compares submitted text against a continuously updated database of millions of pages of previously submitted student papers, journal articles and accessible internet sites. Faculty use the Originality Report to evaluate student work for proper citations and attribution, as well as for plagiarism. Turnitin is now widely used in over 50 countries and in thousands of high schools and universities.



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Originality Reports

Each time a paper is submitted to TurnItIn, an Originality Report is created that compares that document with the TurnItIn database, along with a number in the form of a percentage, called the Similarity Index. These are tools to be used to identify when matching text has been found, ideally to ensure proper citations. As mentioned on TurnItIn's website:

"Warning: These indicies in no way reflect TurnItIn's assessment of whether a paper contains plagarized material or improperly used material."

So, if you were running an originality report on this guide, you would probably find a decent chunk of matching text. Just remember: cite your sources.

Student Training

Submit and Evaluate PowerPoints!

Students are often asked to demonstrate their knowledge and communication skills in various disciplines by giving presentations. Instructors and students can now submit PowerPoint presentation files to Turnitin to be checked for similarity and to give and get feedback with QuickMark® comments, voice comments, rubrics, and more.


PowerPoint files (.pptx, .ppt, .ppsx, and .pps) can be submitted via file upload, Google Drive™, or Dropbox and will be converted to a static PDF. The text and images on the slides will be visible and available for feedback in the Document Viewer and Turnitin for iPad® app; however any dynamic elements such as slide animations, transitions, presenter notes, and audio/video are not available.

Accepting PowerPoint files opens up possibilities for how Turnitin can be used; now when your students give live presentations, you can evaluate their presentations—slides and all—with Turnitin. Below is a proposed workflow for efficiently evaluating live presentations:

  1. Create an assignment for the presentation.
  2. Create a custom rubric for the presentation or import this rubric on presentation evaluation
    from Turnitin Teaching Tools.
  3. Create a custom QuickMark set for common feedback that you can readily use—comments
    on their delivery such as: clarify, enunciate, eye contact, don't read notes, engage audience.
    Of course you'll also want to give feedback on content as well.
  4. Have students submit their PowerPoint presentations to Turnitin.
  5. While a student is presenting, you can view their PowerPoint slides in Turnitin on a laptop,
    or in the Turnitin for iPad app, and leave helpful QuickMark comments and feedback as the student is presenting.
  6. When the presentation is over and the next presenter is getting set up, you can quickly grade
    the presentation with the rubric.

When class is over, your grading is done, and your students can have immediate access to your feedback on their performance.

Librarian Contact Info

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Abdullah Al Helan
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Tel: +966 1 2158948 Fax: +966 1 2157845