Students use Turnitin as a plagiarism checker for all essays and projects. Every High School student should have been sent a Turnitin invite to their email address. Please look for this email and follow the directions below to set up your free account. If you have not received the Turnitin invite, please notify your teacher.
Every essay should also have proper MLA formatting. If you need help with that, please see this source:
Setting Up Your Turnitin Account
An automatic email was sent to your email, please be sure to look for it. The email will look like this (see below). Be sure to click “Create Your Password”.
You will then be directed back to the Turnitin website to create your password (be sure to use a password you will remember).
Once you enter your password, this screen will appear. Click the “Log in Now” link.
Enter in your email address and the password you created:
Once you log in, fill out the additional information to finish setting up your account:
You will then see the list of courses you are assigned to, along with your instructor’s name. Verify you have been entered into the correct courses. If one is missing or incorrect, please let your instructor know.
Submitting Assignments in Turnitin
On your Home page of Turnitin, click the course you want to submit an assignment for.
There will be a list of all the assignments for this selected course (if the assignment is not listed, please let your instructor know). There is a revision assignment for every regular assignment. Click the “Submit” button for the assignment you want to submit.
On the first screen, fill in the "Submission Title" as: the Unit # and name, Assignment # and name (ex. Unit :1. Language Structure, Assignment:2. Forming Noun Plurals). Then, chose a document from you computer, Dropbox, or Google Drive. Be sure to click “Upload” at the bottom.
On the next page, verify the information on the left of the document preview is correct, then click “Confirm”.
Finally on the third screen, you can then click “Return to assignment list”.
This is a significant part of the submission process! Without submitting your paper to Turnitin as well as Ignitia.
Interpreting the Similarity Report
The similarity report is the percentage of your paper that is taken directly from other sources. While utilizing external resources is always a good idea for when it comes to writing a paper, it is best to re-word those sources in your own words.
The similarity report should NOT exceed 25%. If it does, then you need to rewrite it or talk to your teacher about it.
A point to clarify is that an essay should not be more than 15% quotes. 15%-20% is the nationally accepted amount of quotes allowed in an essay before it is generally considered to be not your own work (plagiarism). Essays must be 85% in your own writing.
Frequently Asked Questions
Turnitin is a tool Enlightum Academy has elected to use to ensure academic honesty, as well as to provide thorough feedback on essays. With it, instructers hope to be able to assist students in becoming excellent writers by the time they graduate here from EA.
I never received a Turnitin invite. What should I do?
First, please check your spam folder. Sometimes the email ends up getting "lost" in there. If you do not see it in your spam folder, then please message your teacher in Ignitia to resend the invite.
The Turnitin invite went straight to the login page, but I don't have a password to log in.
Click forgot the password, fill out your last name and email, then follow the steps to create your password.
Why do I need to submit something to both Ignitia and Turnitin?
Turnitin will check your paper for plagiarism and will be the source where your teacher provides feedback. Your teacher also needs the submission Id in Ignitia both to be able to easily find your paper, as well as to know it is ready to grade.
I would prefer my student not to have a personal email. Is sending the invite to my email acceptible?
Using a parent email is fine in these circumstances, though we prefer to use the student's email.