What is Turnitin?

Turnitin is a web application that detects plagiarism, unauthorized collaboration among students, and inappropriate use of sources. Students and faculty submit their work to course-specific folders on the site, which are then compared against a database of websites and previous paper submissions from within the course and other courses, as well as other schools and universities.  Each paper receives an originality report that highlights passages similar to other sources and provides links to original sources. Students’ submissions are viewable only by the faculty member for the course.

Who can use it?

  • Turnitin is available to all current Boston University faculty and the students enrolled in their courses.
  • Students can only check their own work if they are enrolled in a course that has been set up in Turnitin by their instructor.


  • OriginalityCheck compares a paper’s text to a database comprised of millions of pages of digital content, archived student papers, and professional, academic and commercial journals and publications.
  • Grademark lets instructors to provide feedback with drop-and-drag marks, voice comments and rubrics.
  • PeerMark facilitates peer review exercises so students can evaluate and learn from one another’s work.

How do I access Turnitin?

Faculty can set up Turnitin in either of two ways: through Blackboard Learn or directly through the Turnitin website. An instructor should choose one of these methods for each course and stick to it, as they are not entirely compatible. We recommend using Blackboard Learn, as all of Turnitin’s features are available through Blackboard Learn and the process of signing up is easier.


System Requirements

  • Microsoft® Windows® Vista Service pack 1, Windows® 7
  • Mac OS X v10.4.11+
  • 3GB of RAM or more
  • 1,024×768 display or higher
  • Broadband internet connection

If you are not using a supported operating system, it is recommended that you either update your existing operating system to the supported version or download the appropriate operating system for your computer.

Browser Requirements

  • Internet Explorer  8.0 or 9.0
  • Google Chrome 23.0 or later
  • Mozilla Firefox 15.0 or later

Browser Settings & Information

  • Set your Internet browser to allow all cookies from Turnitin.com
  • Javascript  must be enabled
    • If you’ve disabled JavaScript, you may need to enable it again
  • Download the FirefoxInternet Explorer or Safari web browser for free

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