Configure Turnitin Settings via D2L Assignments

You can access Turnitin via turnitin.pdx.edu or via a D2L Assignment Folder (formerly known as Dropbox) in your course shell. For most instructors, using Turnitin via D2L is recommended.

Enable Turnitin for an Assignment Folder

  1. From your D2L course, click on Activities and then Assignments from the navigation bar.

  2. Find your assignment folder in the list, and click the menu to the right of the title.
  3. Click Edit Submission Folder from the drop down menu.

  4. Click on the Turnitin tab.

  5. Check the box for Enable for this folder, under the Turnitin Integration section

  6. Click Save. Continue to the next section to configure your settings.

Understanding the Settings

Once you have enabled Turnitin for your D2L assignment submission folder, you have access to additional settings.

The articles below will walk you through changing the default settings. Depending on how you want to use Turnitin, these settings can make a big difference. The first thing to understand is the Turnitin Originality Report, which is one of the core features. It provides a detailed report on any text sources that match your students' submitted work, and what percentage of the text was found in other sources on the web.

The default settings automatically generate an Originality Report for all work submitted to that specific assignment. Students can't access the report unless you change the settings, but they can access any grading feedback you leave for them in the Turnitin GradeMark tool once their scores are published. 

By default, Turnitin checks papers against all available databases, and automatically submits student work to the Turnitin User Paper Database. The Turnitin database is a huge part of what makes the tool so useful: It contains hundreds of millions of existing student papers. In certain scenarios, you will want to exclude your students' work from various databases.

You will need to change settings from the defaults for the following scenarios:

  • You want your students to be able to see the Turnitin Originality Report for their submissions.
  • You want to limit the databases that Turnitin searches through to generate the Originality Report.
  • You plan on having students submit the same work to multiple D2L courses, and want to exclude their papers from being submitted to the Turnitin database to avoid unoriginality flags.

Step-by-Step

Allow Students to View Originality Reports
Edit Turnitin Database Settings
Exclude Student Submissions from Turnitin Database
Enable Grammar Check

Allow Students to View Originality Reports

By default, a D2L assignment folder with Turnitin enabled does not allow students to view the Originality Reports for documents they submit. You can allow students to see their reports by editing the assignment submission folder in D2L.

  1. From your D2L course, click on Activities and then Assignments from the navigation bar.

  2. Find your assignment folder in the list, and click the menu to the right of the title.
  3. Click Edit Submission Folder from the drop down menu.

  4. Click on the Turnitin tab.

  5. On the Turnitin tab, make sure the box for Enable for this folder is checked.
  6. Check the box for Allow learners to see Turnitin similarity scores in their submission folder.

  7. Click Save.

NOTE: Students won't be able to view their Originality Report until their score is published from the D2L assignment folder. 

Edit Turnitin Database Settings

Turnitin uses a combination of various online resources to generate originality reports. In most situations you will want submissions checked against all available resources to look for copied or improperly cited work. In situations where students are submitting multiple drafts of the same paper, or using materials from work they did in another course, you may want to limit the scope of the resources that Turnitin checks.

  1. From your D2L course, click on Activities and then Assignments from the navigation bar.

  2. Find your assignment folder in the list, and click the menu to the right of the title.
  3. Click Edit Submission Folder from the drop down menu.

  4. Click on the Turnitin tab.

  5. On the Turnitin tab, make sure the box for Enable for this folder is checked.
  6. Click the More Options in Turnitin button. A pop-up window should appear.

  7. Click on the Optional Settings header to expand the menu.

  8. Under the Compare submitted papers against the following sources: section choose from the following checkboxes:
    ◻ Student paper repository: This is Turnitin's database of previously submitted student papers. If you know your students have submitted the same work for multiple classes, or for multiple drafts, you will want to uncheck this setting.
    ◻ Current and archived web site content: This is a general search of the internet. This setting should remain enabled in most cases.
    ◻ Periodicals, journals, & publications: Turnitin partners with publishers, and other content providers. This setting should remain enabled in most cases.
  9. Click Submit.

Exclude Student Submissions from Turnitin Database

When students submit work to Turnitin, it is automatically added to a database of existing student work. New submissions are checked against this database, to look for copied or improperly cited work. When you enable Turnitin for your D2L assignment folder, you can choose to exclude your students' submissions from the Turnitin database.

NOTE: When students submit multiple versions of the same paper to a Turnitin folder, Turnitin will not flag the text as unoriginal. If a different student submits the same text, or the student submits their paper to another course using Turnitin, the text will be marked unoriginal. 

  1. From your D2L course, click on Activities and then Assignments from the navigation bar.

  2. Find your assignment folder in the list, and click the menu to the right of the title.
  3. Click Edit Submission Folder from the drop down menu.

  4. Click on the Turnitin tab. 

  5. Make sure the box for Enable Turnitin for this folder is checked.
  6. Click the More Options in Turnitin button.

  7. Click on the Optional Settings header to expand the menu.

  8. Scroll down to the Submissions to this assignment will be stored in: dropdown menu. 
  9. Select Do not store the submitted assignments.

  10. Click Submit.

Enable Grammar Check


Turnitin includes a basic grammar and spell checking software, much like you see in Microsoft Word or Google Docs. It is called ETS e-rater, and the functionality is disabled by default. Follow these steps to enable the grammar and spell checking features for submitted papers.
  1. From your D2L course, click on Activities and then Assignments from the navigation bar.

  2. Find your assignment folder in the list, and click the menu to the right of the title.
  3. Click Edit Submission Folder from the drop down menu.

  4. Click on the Turnitin tab.

  5. On the Turnitin tab, make sure the box for Enable for this folder is checked.
  6. Click the More Options in Turnitin button. A pop-up window should appear.

  7. Click on the Optional Settings header to expand the menu.

  8. Scroll down to the Enable grammar checking using ETS e-rater technology? buttons, and select Yes.
  9. Choose an ETS handbook (Advanced recommended).
  10. Click Submit to finish.



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