Turn It In is plagiarism-detection software often used by faculty to check student work for academic dishonesty. ELSO is making this tool available to you as a writing tool, so that you can check your drafts for inadvertently copied material and paraphrases that are too close to the original. Turn It In also provides feedback on spelling, mechanics, grammar, usage, and style.
We have set up Turn It In so that your paper is NOT ADDED to Turn It In's repository of student papers. This is important, as it means that if your professor also checks your paper in Turn It In, he/she will not get the result that your paper is 100% copied. We have also set up Turn It In so that the bibliography (reference list) is not checked for copied material. This is important, as the bibliography adds time to the process and artificially raises copied material percentages.
To check your work, do the following:
- Click on "Submit Assignment" (or "Resubmit Assignment" to submit additional files), then "Choose file" to upload the paper.
- Click on "Submission Details." You will see a window with your files listed. A clock icon will appear next to the file until Turn It In has finished checking it. This clock icon will turn into a percentage (i.e. 10%).
- Click on the percentage for the "Originality Report." This report will color-code your draft, linking each highlighted passage to the text that contains similar language to your draft.
- Do not click the "Feedback" button, as ELSO faculty and tutors will NOT be giving feedback to uploaded files. If you would like feedback, make an appointment with an ELSO tutor or enroll in an ELSO course.
- Keep in mind that not all text highlighted by Turn It In requires further paraphrasing. Check with your instructor or an ELSO tutor if you are unsure whether or how to further paraphrase.
For instruction on effectively taking notes, paraphrasing, and using quoted material, enroll in ELSO 6540 Advanced Academic Writing: Writing with Sources.
For assistance with paraphrasing for a particular paper or presentation, make an appointment with an ELSO tutor.