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What is the basic procedure for using Turnitin?

Follow these steps:

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1. Log in at turnitin.com.

NOTE: If you do not yet have a TII account generated by the NPS software manager, email software@nps.edu to request a TII account. Accounts are granted to NPS faculty members.

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2. Use the big green “Add Class” and “Add Assignment” buttons to create folders.

NOTE: See separate procedure to reset TII’s default settings to NOT upload the file to TII’s permanent repository. If a file is saved to TII's repository, subsequent drafts will match the saved version. 

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3. When creating an assignment, expand the optional settings by clicking the + symbol.

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4. Scroll down to “Submit papers to:” and choose “no repository.”

When finished, scroll down to the bottom of the page and click “Submit.”

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5. Once the assignment folder has been created, select “View” to go inside.

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6. Inside the assignment folder, use the “Submit File” button to add a document. Enter first and last name of the author, title of the document, and “Choose from this computer” to browse for and select the file.

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7. Press the “Upload” button (this can take up to 2 minutes to complete).

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8. Press the “Confirm” button; this initiates TII’s analysis.

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9. Press “Go to assignment inbox” to await the result, or select “Submit another file.” TII’s analysis can take from 5–20 minutes, as a rule. Back in the assignment folder, if the “Similarity” field for the document lacks a percentage, TII is still analyzing. Update the number by either refreshing the page, or by clicking the column heads, which re-sorts the list of documents.

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10. To view the report in TII’s Document Viewer, click the percentage value in the “Similarity” field. When the document comes up in a separate window, select the “Originality” button (upper left) if not already highlighted.

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11. To download as a PDF, in TII’s Document Viewer, select the printer button (lower left) and choose “Download PDF of current view for printing.”

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