Implementing Turnitin and Interpreting its Results




This guide reviews implementing Turnitin for a dropbox and how its settings affect the reports and scores generated. Turnitin can be enabled for any dropbox. To enable turnitin, navigate to the Evaluation & Feedback area of a dropbox. There you will find all Turnitin settings and evaluation options for your dropbox assignment.


If you have not enabled Turnitin, here are two guides that will help add Turnitin to your dropbox.

How to enable Turnitin to a new dropbox 

How to enable Turnitin to an existing dropbox 


  1. Click on Submission Review on the Navbar.
  2. Click on Dropboxes.
  3. Create a New Folder or Click on the drop-down arrow and select Edit Folder.
  4. Click on the arrow next to Evaluation and Feedback to expand the section.
  5. Click on the Manage Turnitin button and a new pop-up window will appear.
  6. Make sure the following options are selected.

     Step 1:  Check the box next to “Enable Originality Check for this folder.”


     Step 2:  Check the box next to “Originality Check® provides plagiarism detection.”


     Step 3:  Check the box next to “Allow learners to see Turnitin similarity scores in their Dropbox folder.”

  7. Here you have the option to click save, or to configure optional settings by clicking More Turnitin Options.


Optional Settings: These settings allow you to control how the submissions are evaluated and stored. Here are explinations for each.

1. Submission Settings

  •     Submit Paper to standard paper repository: This is the default setting and should be used for summative assignment submissions (final drafts and finished products).
  •     Do not store submitted paper: Select this option from the dropbown menu for formative assignment submissions such as drafts that will be re-submitted to the same dropbox.
  •     Allow submissions of any file type: This defaults to not checked. Check this if you would like students to be able to submit uncommon file types.
  •     Enable grammar checking: This will generate a grammar report for the student. If you check this, it will then ask you to determine level of education and other settings.
  •     Attach a rubric: This setting only provides generic rubrics for selection, this is not where you would add a rubric made by yourself or peers at SPC.

2. Compare Against

  •    Compare submitted papers against specific sources. This defaults to comparing against all source types. You can deselect any of the three to meet the needs of your  assignment.

3. Similarity Report

  •    Generate Similarity Reports for student submission: This setting allows you to control or delay when the turnitin report is generated. the default is to generate reports immediately. You can choose to have reports generated after resubmission or on the dropbox due date.
  •    Exclusion of sources and materials: These settings default to not excluding any source. You can select to exclude bibliographic materials, direct quotes or small sources to meet the needs of your assignment.

4. Additional Setting

    Check the Box: Save these settings for future use.


If you chose to change any of these settings, click the submit button to save your selects. You will be returned to the Turnitin Intergration screen and should then click save to soli

Additional Information: Recommendations and Things to Remember

The percentage score is not the percentage chance that the paper may have been plagiarized, but the percentage of the paper that shows up in other sources. Do not require a maximum percentage. If a student uses quotations more than paraphrasing this will artificially raise the score. Use the score as a guide but pay more attention to the parts of the paper that are highlighted and go to the source and compare. Each plagiarism report per student is not updated dynamically; it is produced once and will never be updated. In effect, if two of your students erroneously collaborated, only the second student submission will be flagged as plagiarized. Papers submitted to the standard paper repository of Turnitin will be stored and used for future comparison. Students maintain the copyright of all works submitted. 


Students must agree to the legal form presented when they first use Turnitin in a course: 

  • If they do not wish to agree, they cannot use Turnitin Dropboxes. 
  • When opting out, the student must either choose one of the below, or the instructor may require one: 
    • Write a reflection paper on research methodology; or. 
    • Submit an annotated bibliography; or. 
    • Attach photocopies of all material used. 
  • The agreement can be revoked by the election of the student in writing or email to Turnitin. 


Information provided by:   

Christian Moriarty 
Applied Ethics 

Additional Resources:

Turnitin for Instructors 

Turnitin Help Center 


May 21, 2021


Have Questions? Contact the OLS iTech team at or call 727-341-3500 (Mon.- Fri. 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Eastern) or the SPC Helpdesk at 727-791-2795 or during nights and weekends.

Was this information helpful?

Thank you for your feedback.

An error occured submitting your feedback, please try again later.