Using Turnitin's Originality Checking enables you to monitor your dropbox folders and review submitted material for originality of content. The integration compares submissions to online databases, web pages, and papers previously submitted to the Turnitin database. The originality report displays highlighted key areas, shows a breakdown of matching sources, and provides direct links to the matching content. The file types that are compatible with Originality Checking include; MS Word, WordPerfect, PostScript, Acrobat PDF, HTML, RTF, and Plain text.
Creating Dropbox Folder for Originality Checking
1. You initialize the originality checking as you create a new dropbox folder. In the Originality Checking section there is a check box labeled, Enable for this folder. You MUST check the box in order to have the ability to have submitted material reviewed by Originality Checking.
IMPORTANT NOTE: You CANNOT disable Originality Checking once it has been enabled for a dropbox folder.
2. Continue to fill in the other items desired for the dropbox. When you have initialized Originality Checking it enables additional options at the bottom of the New/Edit Folder page. These options give you the opportunity to enable detailed Originality Reports for dropbox submissions.
3. Selecting Save and New will enable you to create another Dropbox folder and Save simply records the selections you have made.
Originality reports can be reviewed from the Folder Submissions for the assignment. Once a student has submitted a file to the dropbox the Folder Submissions area will show it as In-Progress.
The time it takes for the Originality Report to complete varies. It can be 15 minutes or longer depending on how many files have been submitted to Turnitin for the assignment as well as by their other clients. When the report is completed the In-Progress changes to a percentage rating with a color code next to it. To see the full Originality Report click on the color code next to the percentage.
A lower percentage rating indicates that the content is likely original and has not been copied; a higher percentage rating indicates the content is likely not original and has been copied from another source.
The percentage ranges are associated with colors:
The Originality Report is comprised of two panes. The right pane lists all of the matching sources, including the percentage of text that matches and a link to the online content. The left pane displays the submission text using colored highlights to draw attention to the matching content.
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