View Turnitin Reports via D2L Assignments

The most important thing to keep in mind when you are preparing to grade your students' submissions, is that D2L and Turnitin only 'talk' to each other about very specific pieces of information. The following instructions outline the process for viewing submissions in Turnitin using the Originality Report. Use the grading tutorial for instructions for scoring and synchronizing the Turnitin score back to the D2L Assignment tool.

The GradeMark tool is available in Turnitin as well. It allows you to drag and drop comments and corrections directly into the document, which is a feature that D2L does not offer at this point. If you decide to use the tool, keep in mind that this feedback is only viewable by students inside the Turnitin tool, it won't synchronize back to D2L in any form.

IMPORTANT: Turnitin will not be able to generate reports for some less commonly used file types. If your students are working in alternative word processors, such as Google Docs, OpenOffice, LaTeX, or Pages for Macs, make sure they save or export their files as a common file type, such as .docx or .pdf, before they submit. For a full list of supported file types, see the Turnitin Instructor User Manual.


View the Turnitin Similarity Report from D2L Assignments
Turnitin Originality Report
Turnitin GradeMark Tool
View Another Student's Paper
View Grammar Check Report
Next Steps

View the Turnitin Similarity Report from D2L Assignments

The Similarity Report is a quick indicator of copied work in a submission. The easiest way to view the Turnitin Similarity Report is in the D2L assignment tool. For each file submitted, you'll see a percentage next to a color indicator.

IMPORTANT: The percentage indicates the percent of the student text that is unoriginal. For example, a 75% score indicates that 75% of the student's text was matched with a source or sources in the Turnitin databases, while a 0% score indicates that none of the text matched any writing in the database.

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

  2. Click on the submission folder that you want to evaluate from the list. 
  3. From either the Users or Files tab at the top of the page, scroll down to the list of file submissions.
  4. In the Turnitin Similarity column, you should see a percentage next to a colored block for each submitted file. Note that it can take 10-30 minutes for a new submission to be evaluated. Clicking on the colored block takes you to the full Similarity Report.

IMPORTANT: Make sure you click in the correct column. If you click on the file name link, you'll end up in the D2L evaluation area, not Turnitin.

TIP: The color codes refer to percentage ranges. For details, see the Turnitin Instructor User Manual.

Turnitin Similarity Report

Once you've opened the Turnitin report from the D2L assignment tool, you are taken to the Turnitin site. From here, you can view sources that match text from your student's writing.

For an excellent introduction to the Similarity report, take a look at this support video from Turnitin, Viewing the Similarity Report. Since your students are submitting work via D2L, you don't need to watch the first 23 seconds of the video. Here are some additional resources:

Turnitin Feedback Tool (Optional)

Once you have reviewed any originality issues, you can use the Feedback tool to annotate the student submission.

For an excellent introduction to the Commenting functionality, see the Commenting Tools support video from Turnitin.

NOTE: Feedback provided from the Turnitin site will not be visible to students in D2L, only in the Turnitin report.

View Another Student's Paper

Use the Turnitin navigation to move through files in your assignment submission folder.

  1. In the upper right corner, in the top-most toolbar, find the Paper (#) of (#) text.

  2. Use the right and left arrows to move through the files in your assignment folder.

View Grammar Check Report

  1. Click on the Grade Mark tab at the top of the Turnitin report page.

  2. In the column on the right, click the ETS icon at the bottom of the page to view the grammar report layer.

NOTE: If the ETS icon isn't visible, you need to enable Grammar Check in the Turnitin settings.

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