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What is Turnitin?

Turnitin is a text matching tool used at Queen's University. Students upload papers in order to receive originality reports that shows text matches to the following sources:

  • Student paper repository
  • Current and archived web site content
  • Periodicals, journals and publications

Turnitin has three main tools:

  • OriginalityCheck: text-matching tool that presents results in the Originality Report.
  • GradeMark: tool for digital assessment (annotations, comments, and grade).
  • PeerMark: tool for peer-assessment of assignments (not available in onQ).

Enable Turnitin in your Course

Turnitin can be enabled in the Course Creation Tool+ when creating a new course or after the course has been created.

For instructions on creating your course and enabling Turnitin, please see the Create a Course tutorial.


If you have already created your course and would like to enable Turnitin, see the Add Turnitin to an Existing Course

Before you start...

Instructors must agree to the Instructor Conditions of Turnitin Use at Queen's University including adding the Student Statement to the course syllabus.  See below:

Academic Integrity Statement regarding the use of Turnitin at Queen's University

This course makes use of Turnitin, a third-party application that helps maintain standards of excellence in academic integrity.  Normally, students will be required to submit their course assignments to through onQ to Turnitin.  In doing so, students’ work will be included as source documents in the Turnitin reference database, where they will be used solely for the purpose of detecting plagiarism.

Turnitin is a suite of tools that provide instructors with information about the authenticity of submitted work and facilitates the process of grading. Turnitin compares submitted files against its extensive database of content, and produces a similarity report and a similarity score for each assignment.  A similarity score is the percentage of a document that is similar to content held within the database.  Turnitin does not determine if an instance of plagiarism has occurred. Instead, it gives instructors the information they need to determine the authenticity of work as a part of a larger process.

Please read Turnitin’s Privacy Pledge, Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, which governs users’ relationship with Turnitin. Also, please note that Turnitin uses cookies and other tracking technologies; however, in its service contract with Queen’s Turnitin has agreed that neither Turnitin nor its third-party partners will use data collected through cookies or other tracking technologies for marketing or advertising purposes. For further information about how you can exercise control over cookies, see Turnitin’s Privacy Policy.

Turnitin may provide other services that are not connected to the purpose for which Queen’s University has engaged Turnitin. Your independent use of Turnitin’s other services is subject solely to Turnitin’s Terms of Service and Privacy Policy, and Queen’s University has no liability for any independent interaction you choose to have with Turnitin.


Download Instructions

For Instructors

Quick Guide - onQ and Turnitin Settings
If you require more detailed instructions please use the guides below:

  1. Instructor onQ - Add Turnitin Assignment
  2. Instructor onQ - View Similarity Scores and Originality Reports
  3. Instructor onQ - Commenting Tools
  4. Instructor onQ - Understanding the Originality Report
  5. Instructor onQ - Enter Grade in Turnitin and Publish to the onQ Grade Book

For Students 

To help you assist your students in using Turnitin you can refer them to the Turnitin onQ Support pages or download the Student Turnitin Help documents and add them to your course.