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Turnitin LTI - Getting Started

Turnitin is a plagiarism detection and marking system which provides:

  • Originality Check: A plagiarism checking tool which identifies matches between pieces of writing and produces an originality report. See more about originality reports.
  • Feedback Studio: A tool to facilitate online marking of student work. See our guide on using Feedback Studio.
  • PeerMark: A tool to facilitate student peer review. See Turnitin's PeerMark guide for more information.

How does it work?

A staff member creates a Turnitin Assignment in Minerva for each piece of assessment - read our guide on creating a Turnitin Assignment. This is where students will submit their work. Once submissions have been made, the work can be marked online or printed out.

Turnitin will check submitted work for text matches to outside sources such as the current and archived Internet, journal articles and previously submitted student papers. Turnitin will then produce an Originality report which will detail all the matches.

To ensure you don’t experience issues when accessing Turnitin we recommend that you use Chrome, Firefox or Safari (on a Mac) and stay up to date with the latest versions.

What does my role allow me to do?

Task Instructor Teaching Assistant Module Builder Grader
Set up Turnitin Yes Yes No No
Access Turnitin inbox Yes Yes No Yes
Submit on behalf of a student Yes Yes No Yes
Mark online with Feedback Studio Yes Yes No Yes
Create PeerMark assignment Yes Yes No Yes
View Blackboard Grade Centre Yes Yes No Yes

How do students submit?

Students submit to the Turnitin Assignment area set up by a member of staff.

Students will submit almost all of their work through Minerva and Turnitin. Our student Turnitin guide and eAssessment survival guide are available as guidance for students. We recommend that you include links to these guides in your Minerva module.

Where can I find Turnitin submissions?

Click on the submission point for the Turnitin assignment. For staff, this opens up the Turnitin inbox for that assignment.

Main Features

Viewing originality reports

Originality reports can be viewed via the Turnitin inbox (accessed by clicking on the Turnitin submission point).

You will now see a table similar to the below.

Originality reports are accessed under the column Similarity.

Turnitin table They are colour coded to show the material which may have been copied (from blue for low percentage to red for high percentage). Click on the icon to view the report. Please note that reports should be checked as a high percentage could be due to large use of references. See Further Information for more about plagiarism.

If an assignment is set to allow any file type, you may see a mix of Originality Report icons and "–", indicating a report cannot be generated due to the file type of the submission.

If the Similarity/Grade icons are not available, this means the web version of the paper is not ready for viewing. If they are not available after a few hours please contact the Digital Education Systems team via the IT Service Desk.

Using Feedback Studio

Feedback Studio is Turnitin's eMarking tool and facilitates annotation of student work online using a PC/Laptop, and offline using an iPad.

Click on the submission point for the Turnitin assignment. For staff, this opens up the Turnitin inbox for that assignment.

You will now see a table similar to the below.

You should click on the pencil icon to start grading; or the numerical value if a paper has already been graded.

Turnitin table

In short, Feedback Studio offers the following functionality:

  • Inline comments
  • Bubble comments
  • Drag and drop (comments between papers)
  • Highlights on words/paragraphs
  • Strike through
  • Voice comment (up to 3 minutes)
  • Bespoke rubrics and grading forms for additional feedback

See our full Feedback Studio guide and Feedback Studio for iPad guide to see how to use the full functionality.

Using PeerMark

PeerMark will allow students to review submissions made by their peers (to a standard Turnitin Assignment) and grade/answer questions related to that submission. Most of PeerMark is automated but it does require some additional set-up.

In short, PeerMark will:

  • Automatically distribute student papers for peer review
  • Allow students to review submissions, mark using a scale and/or answer questions set by the tutor
  • Lets the tutor see an overview of submissions and reviews
  • Release all reviews to students after completion

See Turnitin's PeerMark guide for more information.

Further information and guides


Feedback Studio