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Turnitin Guide for Instructors: Blackboard Integration

Turnitin is a web-based solution that that can find and highlight matching or unoriginal text in a written assignment.

Additional Training

Turnitin has thorough training materials and tutorials on their website:

Training Workshop

Please refer to the documents below during the workshop:

Creating a Turnitin Direct Assignment in Blackboard

Viewing Submitted Papers

What is the difference between Turnitin Direct and Turnitin Basic?

The Turnitin Assignment in Blackboard plugin supports the full Turnitin Suite: Originality Checking, and GradeMark. When this plugin has been installed users can access Turnitin from within Blackboard. This means that all instances where Turnitin is used, the actual Turnitin screen appears within Blackboard. With this plugin, papers submitted to the Turnitin assignment are only stored in Turnitin. The Turnitin Assignment in Blackboard plugin is recommended for users who would like to use the full Turnitin Suite. 

Although the Blackboard Basic integration incorporates all of the Turnitin functionality, some users may prefer to only work from within the Blackboard interface. Customers with such a desire can use the Turnitin Direct Assignment in the Blackboard integration. ***Note: This option is being phased out and will no longer be support by summer 2017.***


The Turnitin Direct Assignmentin Blackboard plugin supports Turnitin Originality Checking and GradeMark. By using the Turnitin Direct Assignmentin Blackboard plugin, all Turnitin actions have been incorporated seamlessly into the Blackboard workflow. This includes: Turnitin assignment creation, submitting papers to the assignment, and accessing Originality Reports and GradeMark. With this plugin, papers submitted to a Turnitin assignment are stored in both Blackboard and Turnitin. This plugin also allows student users to access their submissions in Turnitin.

The Turnitin Direct Assignmentin Blackboard plugin is recommended for users who would like Turnitin to be incorporated seamlessly into the Blackboard workflow and only wish to use Turnitin Originality Checking and GradeMark. 

How long will it take for Turnitin to generate the Originality Report?

How long will it take to receive the Turnitin Originality Report?

Originality Reports are usually ready for viewing within 10 minutes. However, it may take up to 24 hours during peak times such as the middle or the end of semesters when many papers are being submitted to Turnitin.

Copying Assignments to a New Course

If you use a course-copy feature to migrate content to a new course, you can also migrate your Turnitin assignments. There are two acceptable ways to copy assignments in Blackboard Direct:

  • Recycle Turnitin Direct Assignments The "Recycle Turnitin Direct Assignments" Tool will take the existing Turnitin Direct assignment data in a course and uses the stored assignment/class data to create a new class in Turnitin and recreates all assignments that existed in the original course.

    The original class and submission data is retained in Turnitin but is no longer accessible via the new Blackboard course.

    As Turnitin doesn't connect to the course copy process (course copy or snapshot), the instructor or administrator should manually run the recycle tool once a course has been copied.

  • Relink Turnitin Direct Assignments The Relink Turnitin Direct Assignments Tool retains the existing Turnitin class and user submissions when a course is archived or copied that contains Turnitin Direct assignments.

    Note: This means there will potentially be two courses pointing to the same Turnitin Class / Assignments, meaning any changes or submissions made to one will affect the other. If you simply wish to re-use a class containing Turnitin Direct assignments, use the Recycle option.

To use Course Recycle:

  1. Open the course's Control Panel, find Course Tools and select Turnitin Direct Tools. The Recycle/Relink Turnitin Direct Assignment window opens.
  2. Select Recycle Turnitin Direct Assignments.
  3. When asked whether to Keep original assignment dates, choose the default — No.
  4. Click Recycle Turnitin Direct Assignments.  
  5. Remain on the webpage until the "Turnitin Direct Assignments successfully recycled" green message bar appears at the top of the page (wait-time approximately 10-20 seconds).

Options for Report Generation Speed

There are three options for choosing when Originality Reports are generated. Here's what each one means:

  • Immediately (first report is final): Originality Reports for all submissions will be generated immediately. Students cannot resubmit papers. Submissions must be deleted by the instructor to enable resubmission.

  • Immediately (can overwrite reports until due date): Originality Reports for the initial submission by each student user will be generated immediately. Students may resubmit until the assignment due date. Originality Reports for the second or subsequent submission will require a 24-hour delay before the Originality Report begins processing. Turnitin overwirtes previous originality reports, and only the latest submission is available to the instructor or student. This option is typically used when students are self-reviewing and revising their submissions and able to view the Originality Report.

  • On due date: Originality Reports will not be generated for any submission until the due date and time of the assignment. Students may resubmit as many times as needed until the due date and time without receiving reports.

Learn more about Assignment Options 

Activating Turnitin Tools in Blackboard

The Turnitin tools are available by default in TTU Blackboard courses. To view these settings, Open the course's Control Panel, find Customization and click Tool Availability.

The next step is to create a Turnitin assignment in your course. See Creating a Turnitin Direct Assignment in Blackboard.