Department of English
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How to Use Turnitin.com

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Turnitin.com is an internet service that scans student papers for plagiarism. Your instructor may require you to submit your work to Turnitin.com. Follow these instructions or visit Turnitin.com for more help. For more information about plagiarism, see A Guide to College English or visit the KSU Writing Center.


Signing up for the first time

1. Go to New User Registration at Turnitin.com.

2. Enter your email address in full.
Example: student@kent.edu

3. Type in any password you choose. Use at least 6 characters, including at least 1 number.
Example: english1

4. Re-type the password to confirm it.

5. Write down your password so you don't forget it.

6. Click next.

7. Enter your first and last names.

8. Click next.

9. Click login.

10. Enter:

  • your email address in full (student@kent.edu),
  • your password from step 3,
  • select "user type: student" and click login.

11. Click join a new class.

12. Enter your class ID and enrollment password.
This information is available from the instructor and will be emailed to everyone on the class email list. Contact your instructor if you don't have the information you need.


Submitting an essay

1. Login to Turnitin.com with your full email address (student@kent.edu) and the password you created when you first signed up.

2. Click on the class name. Example: College English I.

3. Click on the Turn it in! button:

4. Type your title in the box next to your name and select the correct essay number from the assignment menu (directly below your title).

5. Either upload a saved file OR cut and paste the text of your paper into the "main text" window.

  • Cutting and pasting is easier than uploading a file.
  • Turnitin.com ignores any formatting, such as page numbers and margins, so don't worry what your paper looks like.
  • Ignore the windows marked "Abstract" and "Bibliography."

6. Click submit.

7. Print and save your receipt. If anything goes wrong, this proves you submitted your paper.

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Checking the results

1. Login to Turnitin.com.

2. Click on the class name. Example: College English I.

3. You will see a list of all the papers you've submitted. Click on the button in the column labelled "R" to view the results of Turnitin.com's plagiarism scan. The button looks like this:

NOTE: It takes Turnitin.com about 24-48 hours to process your paper after you first submit it. The button in the "R" column will appear faded () if your paper is not ready. Check back later for the final report.

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Help FAQ

I forgot my password. How do I reset it?

  • Go to the login screen.
  • Find "Forgot your password?" at the bottom and click on it.
  • Enter your email address as instructed.
  • Turnitin.com will email you a secure link to let you reset your password.
  • IMPORTANT: you must check your email and use the secure link within 1 hour or the link expires.

I already signed up for Turnitin.com, but when I try to log in it gives me an error message. What's wrong?

  • Be sure you are logging in using your entire email address, including the "@" and the suffix that follows.
  • Be sure you are typing your email address and password correctly.
  • If something went wrong while you were setting up your new user profile, reset your password (see instructions above).

Turnitin.com won't let me submit a paper. It gives me an error message about "archives." What's wrong?

  • You may have the wrong assignment number selected on the submission screen (see #4 under Submitting an Essay above). Turnitin.com will only accept one submission for each assignment, so you must select an unused assignment number.

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