Turnitin for Students

What is Turnitin?

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

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

Turnitin has three main tools:

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

​​​​How does it work?

Instructions on how to use Turnitin and frequently asked questions are available in the documents below.

Instructions for Students

Submitting an assignment to Turnitin is the same as submitting a normal assignment in onQ. onQ will automatically transfer your submission to Turnitin.

To upload an assignment to a Turnitin Assignment Submission folder in onQ:

  1. Click the Content link on the navbar.
  2. Select the module from the Table of Contents that contains the folder. 
  3. Click the Assignment Submission folder link.
  4. You will now be taken to the Assignments Dashboard.
  5. To upload an assignment, click the Upload button, locate the file and click open.  
  6. OR drag and drop the file on the submission window. 
  7. Add any comments to the comments box.
  8. Click the Submit button.
  9. You will now be sent a confirmation email to confirm you have successfully uploaded a file.

The following video provides instructions on how to review the similarity score:

Once you have uploaded an assignment to Turnitin through onQ you will be able to access your Similarity score and Originality report if your instructor has given you permission to see them.

  1. On the navbar, select Assignments under the Assessments tab.
  2. On the Assignment Submission Folder page click the number under the Submissions column of the Assignment you want to view.

This will take you to the Submission History page for this assignment.

  1. Submissions Folder – access to all assignment submission folders.
  2. Submission(s) - original submission files.
  3. Turnitin Similarity – percentage match to the periodical, journals, publications, previously submitted papers, and internet content.  See Similarity Score Index below.
  4. If you have been given access to see the Turnitin Originality Report you can access it by clicking on the Similarity Score.

Similarity Score Index:

Blue: No matching text

Green: One word to 24% matching text

Yellow: 25-49% matching text

Orange: 50-74% matching text

Red: 75-100% matching text

The icons indicate the percentage of the similarity score and the corresponding colour on a blue (0%) to red scale (100%).

The following video provides instructions for how to access and view your assignment feedback:

NOTE: What feedback you receive will depend on what the instructor has given you permission to view. It could be just one or all of the following:

  • Similarity score
  • Originality report
  • GradeMark feedback (annotations, comments, and grade).

If you are unsure, please check with your instructor.

Accessing Assignment Feedback

  1. On the navbar, select Assignments under the Assessments tab.
  2. On the Assignment Submission Folder page click the View Feedback under the Feedback column of the Assignment you want to view.

Viewing Assignment Feedback

  1. Submissions Feedback – view the Turnitin report.
  2. Score - grade associated with the submission.
  3. Submission(s) - original submission files.
  4. Turnitin Similarity – percentage match to the periodical, journals, publications, previously submitted papers, and internet content. See Similarity Score Index below.
  5. Turnitin GradeMark - view the Turnitin report with GradeMark feedback.

Similarity Score Index:

Blue: No matching text

Green: One word to 24% matching text

Yellow: 25-49% matching text

Orange: 50-74% matching text

Red: 75-100% matching text

The icons indicate the percentage of the similarity score and the corresponding colour on a blue (0%) to red scale (100%).

Understanding the Similarity Report

MATCH OVERVIEW

The Match Overview gives you a breakdown of all the matches that have been found in the paper and allows you to clearly view the similarity score. Matches are ordered by the highest instance of similarity down to the lowest. Each match has a colour and a number attached to it. These colour tags will help you to find the match on the paper itself.

  1. To view the Match Overview, click on the red, numerical similarity score from the product toolbar.

"Originality Report Options"

  1. The Match Overview will be displayed within the Match Overview side panel.

"Screenshot of example match overview"

  1. Having clicked the Match Overview icon will also highlight any matches within the paper itself. Each match can be colour-coded to help you identify them easily.

"Screenshot of match overview highlights"

  1. By clicking on one of the sources from the Match Overview side panel, you can discover how many matches have been found for each source. Click the navigation arrows to jump from one match to the next; this will move you through the paper itself.

"Match overview selector"

  1. Should you wish to see a match breakdown for each source, click the arrow to the right of the source.

"Example of match score"

  1. You can now see a large list of all the sources concerning this particular match. Click any of these matches to be directed to it on your paper.

"Example of match overview for a source"

VIEWING SOURCE DETAILS
  1. If you would like to see more information regarding the text that has matched to a source, click on the source number from within the paper

"Screenshot of matched source highlight"

  1. A pop-up box will appear; this will show you further details relating to the source that your writing has been matched with.

"Example of source match pop-up"

  1. Should you wish to view the source in more depth, click on the Full Source View icon in the top right-hand corner of the pop-up.

"Screenshot of Full Source view icon"

  1. he right-hand side panel will change to Full Source Text, which you can scroll through to read in detail.

"Example of Full Source Text window"

  1. Click the X icon in the top right-hand corner of the side panel to return to the Match Overview.

"Screenshot of Full Source Text Exit button"

ALL SOURCES

In the All Sources side panel, all of the sources that have been found are displayed and sorted by highest percentage to lowest percentage match. Clicking on any source will change the navigation bar at the top of the page, displaying how many times that this source has matched in the paper. Clicking the arrows will allow you to see where these have matched on the page. You can further refine this navigation by clicking on an individual page within a source; this will simply show you matches from that specific sub-source.

  1. To view All Sources, click on the red graph icon from the similarity toolbar.

"Screenshot of Turnitin originality report menu icon"

  1. You can now see a large list of all the sources for this paper. Click any of these matches to be directed to it on your paper.

  1. Click the X icon in the top right-hand corner of the side panel to close the full panel.

"Screenshot of All Sources exit button"

CHANGING FILTERS AND SETTINGS

You may apply several different filters to your report, should you wish to make any exclusions.

EXCLUSION BY TEXT TYPE

  1. Click the red Filter icon from the similarity toolbar.

"Screenshot of similarity toolbar"

  1. From the Filters and Settings side panel, use the checkboxes to make bibliography and quote exclusions from the similarity report.

"Screenshot of filters settings pop-up"

  1. Click Apply Changes to confirm this change. This will regenerate the similarity report to include your exclusions.

"Screenshot of apply changes button"

EXCLUSION BY NUMBER

  1. Click the red filter icon from the similarity toolbar.

"Screenshot of similarity toolbar"

  1. From the Filters and Settings side panel, use the radio and text boxes to make report exclusions. You may exclude sources that are less than a certain number of words or a certain percentage of words.

    For example, filtering by 10 words will exclude all sources with a cumulative match word count that is less than 10 words.

"Screenshot of filtering pop-up"

REPORT MULTI-COLOUR HIGHLIGHTING

  1. To apply multi-colour highlighting to the similarity report, click the red Filter icon from the similarity toolbar.

"Screenshot of similarity toolbar"

  1. From the Filters and Settings side panel, use the Multi-Color Highlighting checkbox to turn multi-colour highlighting on and off in the similarity report.

"Screenshot of optional settings page"

  1. To save your filters and/or settings, click the Apply Changes button.

"Screenshot of apply changes button"

Turnitin will only accept files:

  • that are less than 40 MB;
  • that have a minimum of 20 words; and
  • that are less than 400 pages.

Turnitin currently accepts the following file types for upload into an Assignment folder:

  1. Microsoft Word™ (doc and docx)
  2. Microsoft PowerPoint (ppt, pptx, and pps)
  3. Portable Document Format (pdf)
  4. HTML
  5. Plain text (txt)
  6. Rich Text Format (rtf)
  7. Adobe PostScript®
  8. Corel WordPerfect®
  9. Hangul (hwp)

If your instructor has allowed you multiple submissions to Turnitin by selecting Generate reports immediately, you can resubmit until the due date.

The first 3 assignment submissions will generate Similarity Reports immediately.

After the first 3 submissions reports will take 24 hours to generate.