Matthias K. Gobbert

How to Use www.turnitin.com


This page can be reached via my homepage at http://www.math.umbc.edu/~gobbert.

Intended Audience

The following information is written for students, not for instructors! That is, I am making the following assumption: There are two sections following below:

How to Set up Your Account and Join a Class

  1. Point your webbrowser to www.turnitin.com.
  2. Click on "user login" in the center near the top of the page.
  3. Select "New to Turnitin.com? Click here to get started." at the top of the login page; do not use the regular login below.
  4. The system will identify you in the future by the e-mail address you supply here! Information will be sent to this address, so make sure to pick a valid address and type it in correctly. Choose a password; note the rules for passwords given on the page. Make sure to remember for future use what e-mail address and password you chose here.
  5. Fill out the information requested.
  6. On the next page, verify that you entered all information correctly.
  7. You are done with the creation of your account at this point. To make it usable, however, you still need to "join" your class. The easiest way is to select "login" to go to the login page now. Select the user type "student", and use your e-mail address and password (selected earlier) to log in.
  8. Click on "join new class" near the left edge of the screen.
  9. Now you need the class ID and enrollment password that your instructor should have supplied to you. The enrollment password is case-sensitive!
    Note: For FYS 101A in Spring 2003, these are 54447 and enter101a, respectively.
  10. Now as well as when you log in in the future, you will see the class listed. When you click on it, you get to your class portfolio. See the next section below for further instructions.

How to Submit a Report

This section assumes that you have created your account at www.turnitin.com and "joined" a class, as described above.
  1. Point your webbrowser to www.turnitin.com.
  2. Click on "user login" in the center near the top of the page.
  3. Select the user type "student", and use your e-mail address and password (selected earlier) to log in.
  4. You should see a list that contains the class you joined earlier. Click on the class to get to your class portfolio.
  5. Select "assignments" to see a list of assignments.
  6. Select "turn it in!" (next to "assignments") to submit a report.
  7. Fill out a paper title and select an assignment from the pull-down menu. Then upload your report in one of the formats available; upload it using the "Browse" button. You must click the submit button at the bottom of the page.
  8. When everything works out, you should get a confirmation page with a digital receipt ID. You may want to hang on to that number.
Notice that at all times, help is available under the "help!" at the top of the page.


Copyright © 2003 by Matthias K. Gobbert. All Rights Reserved.
This page version 0.8, February 2003.