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As an Instructor, how do I enable and configure Turnitin in bCourses?


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Turnitin is integrated with the bCourses Assignments tool, and can be enabled when creating a new assignment. In order for Turnitin reports to be generated, Turnitin must be enabled before students begin submitting work.

To use Turnitin, instructors must first create a bCourses assignment ( In the assignment settings, under the "Submission Type" header, select the "Online" Submission Type, then check the "File Uploads" and "Turnitin" from the Plagiarism Review dropdown menu.

Once Turnitin is selected in the plagiarism review menu, the submission settings will automatically appear. These settings include configuration options that include when (or whether) students have access to their own Originality Check reports, which sources are checked, and whether student work is saved in the UC Berkeley local repository. 

The Turnitin Advanced Settings are outlined below:

#1 Store submissions in:

If "Standard paper repository" is selected, student papers will be saved in UC Berkeley's local repository of papers previously submitted to Turnitin. MAKE SURE TO SELECT "DO NOT STORE THE SUBMITTED PAPERS" IF STUDENTS WILL BE SUBMITTING MULTIPLE DRAFTS OF THE SAME PAPER, to prevent later drafts from being marked as "unoriginal" when compared to early drafts of the same assignment, by the same student.

#2 Compare Submissions Against:

These checkboxes allow instructors to specify which of Turnitin's databases are used when generating Originality Check reports ("Student repository", "Website content", and "Periodicals, journals and publications"). Instructors may wish to exclude certain types of material if they result in a significantly higher-than-appropriate Originality Check score being assigned to student work. Students do not specifically see which types of material is included or excluded in their Originality Check report.

#3 Similarity Report:

The three "Exclude" options allow instructors to further restrict which portions of a student paper are checked by Turnitin. Excluding "Bibliographic Material" will not check any material at the end of a paper, such as a Bibliography or Works Cited. (Unfortunately at this time, footnotes are always checked by Turnitin). Excluding "Quoted Material" means that any text beginning and ending with quotation marks in a student paper will not be checked for originality by Turnitin. Finally, selecting "Small Matches" allows instructors to specify thresholds of unoriginal content that will not be flagged by Turnitin as unoriginal, either by number of words or percentage of the paper.

Instructors can also enable two features in this section: "Enable Translated Matching" will allow students to submit content in a non-English language, while retaining the ability to match against Turnitin's database of English language content. "Enable grammar checking using ETS e-rater technology" will add grammar checking to the similarity report. Learn more about e-rater.

#4 Show report to students:

This setting determines when or whether students can access their own Originality Check reports. The four options available in this dropdown menu are "Immediately," "After the assignment is graded," "After the Due Date," and "Never". The "Immediately" option releases the Originality Check report to the student as soon as it has been completed by Turnitin (usually about 15 minutes after a paper is submitted). "After the assignment is graded" or "After the Due Date" withhold the Originality Check report from the student until the stated condition is met. "Never" means that the students will not have access to their own Originality Check report in bCourses.