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Ensuring students are submitting original work and siting sources properly is a huge task. The University has licensed Turnitin’s originality checking software to help. Though no software can identify plagiarism, Turnitin will report on matches found in its databases of millions of papers and web sources. This creates opportunities for you to instruct students on proper citing of source material. The detailed originality report is overlaid on the student’s paper on screen. You can quickly determine if further investigation is necessary.

The University has a limited number of license seats available on a ‘first-come first-served’ basis. Please contact the Office of Technology for Teaching and Learning (OTTL) to reserve access for your upcoming LIVE course (ottl@wilkes.edu).  

Turnitin Integration with D2L/LIVE


Turnitin originality checking is integrated into the Assignment tool in LIVE. Students simply use the assignment as they normally would and (depending on your settings) Turnitin places a percentage score of matched material adjacent to the document in the assignment folder. You decide if you want students to see their score.

Once your course has been granted access to the tool, you will see a new tab for Turnitin on the assignment’s settings screen.

Dropbox settings for TurnItIn

Requesting Turnitin for Your Course

Please contact OTTL (ottl@wilkes.edu) with course names and sections as soon as possible to ensure licenses are available for your class. You must submit your request for each semester you want to use Turnitin. OTTL will not assume continuous use every semester. Licenses will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

Creating your First Assignment to use Turnitin

The following guide will walk you through setting up your first assignment with Turnitin:

Turnitin Originality Checking in D2L LIVE

Below is a walk-through on how to fine tune the optional Turnitin settings available with your assignments in LIVE. The document refers to Turnitin “LTI” which is the version of integration we are currently using. The documentation covers the initial setup of the assignment which you can skip and jump directly to “Optional LTI Assignment Settings”.

From Turnitin.com: Assignment Fine Tuning Settings 

Turnitin Hosted Courses


Wilkes instructors wishing to use Turnitin outside of D2L/LIVE can create a Turnitin instructor account associated with the University and use the available student licenses. An instructor account allows you to create courses you associate with your face-to-face classes. Students use their own Turnitin account to gain access to your Turnitin hosted course and upload papers for originality checking.

Please ensure that your students are using their Wilkes email address when they create their personal Turnitin account. The University has a limited number of license seats available on a ‘first-come first-served’ basis. For proper accounting of license seat use, students must use their Wilkes email address.

Note that the D2L/LIVE integration removes the necessity of creating courses, students creating Turnitin accounts, using separate logins, and more.

Request Password for Instructor Account Creation

Please contact the Office of Technology for Teaching and Learning (OTTL) for the password to create your individual Turnitin instructor account. You must notify OTTL every semester you intend to utilize your individual account and include the course numbers, sections and semester so that we can adequately account for the number of licenses being used.

Creating your Turnitin Account and First Course

Here are two guides to help you get started:

Additional Help

OTTL and Turnitin held a training event for Wilkes faculty on February 13, 2018. The recording will be available here for one year. The Turnitin web site also has a variety of resources available to support instructors including webinars, support documentation, and research articles. In addition, the staff of OTTL can provide individual training on Turnitin.

For Turnitin system status and to follow Turnitin on Twitter go to http://www.turnitin.com/self- service/system-status.html.