Turnitin is a web-based service to which papers are submitted by students as part of course assignments and compared to resources in the database, with the results of the comparison (including hyperlinks to web pages or other papers with the same text) sent to the instructor. Turnitin also offers other services including Peer Review, an online collaborative learning solution to protect against peer collusion and Research Resources, for preemptive plagiarism education. The easiest way to use Turnitin is through the Canvas LMS.
Turnitin has announced the launch of its AI writing detection capabilities. Beginning April 4, 2023, this capability will be temporarily available through December 2023 within Turnitin Feedback Studio. This feature will help instructors identify when AI writing tools such as ChatGPT may have been used to write any part of the content submitted in a student’s assignment.
Baylor faculty and researchers are not permitted to use Turnitin to check their own scholarly writing. Instead, Turnitin offers a separate service called iThenticate which can be purchased independently or through your own department for this purpose.
Students who are interested in checking their work during the writing process can use Draft Coach by Turnitin. More than just checking, Draft Coach encourages learning by providing guidance on how to address errors and improve writing before final submission. Support for using Draft Coach is available from the University Writing Center.
When Turnitin is used for a class, Baylor's Office of General Counsel ("OGC") requires that:
- The course syllabus for each course making use of Turnitin must provide the following notice:
- If use of Turnitin is instituted after the distribution of the syllabus, then an equivalent written notice must be provided by the instructor to the students.
- For legal reasons, you cannot use Turnitin for suspect papers belonging to individual students. Turnitin must be used for the papers of all of the students in the class.
- Require that all students in a class submit their own papers as opposed to submission by instructors or submission of individual papers singled out by instructors. This action ensures that the students are fully aware that Turnitin is being used.
- Do not make statements to students that Turnitin is being used in a given class when the class is not registered for use with Turnitin.
These resources will help faculty orient to Turnitin:
- Using Turnitin with Canvas Plagiarism Framework
- Using Turnitin with Canvas as an External Tool
- Using Turnitin Directly
- External Tool vs. Plagiarism Framework
- Academic Integrity in the age of AI
- Frequently Asked Questions
These resources are related to Turnitin's AI Writing Detection: