Getting Started with Turnitin via Single Sign On

For most instructors, using Turnitin via the D2L Dropbox tool will be the best way to handle student submissions, and to provide students with feedback via Turnitin. In some cases, instructors or staff who work with students may want to use Turnitin without using D2L. This is available for PSU users via Single Sign On (SSO), the same system you use to log into your PSU ODIN account.

Turnitin Via SSO includes the same functionality and tools, but uses a different login and submission process. In most cases, if you are using Turnitin via SSO, you will be submitting a paper or assignment on behalf of a student.

Step-by-Step

Log in to Turnitin via SSO
Create a Class
Create an Assignment
Submit an Assignment on Behalf of a Student
View a Submitted Paper Report

Log in to Turnitin via SSO

  1. Go to turnitin.pdx.edu.
  2. Choose Portland State University from the drop down menu.
  3. Choose the Remember my Selection Permanently option, and click Next.
  4. Log into your PSU Single Sign On account with your ODIN account and password.

Create a Class

  1. In your Turnitin account, switch to the instructor view from the toolbar at the top of the page by clicking Student, and selecting Instructor.
  2. Click the Add Class button.
  3. Enter a Class Title
  4. Enter an Enrollment Key. This is a password that you set for your course, which students use to enroll. 
  5. Pick options from the Subject areas and Student level drop down menus. Note these options don't affect the function of your course, but they are required by Turnitin. 
  6. Click Submit.

Create an Assignment

  1. Click on a class from the list, in the instructor view of your Turnitin account.
  2. Click the Add Assignment button.
  3. Select the Paper Assignment type, and click Next Step.
  4. Enter an Assignment Title and configure any additional settings.
  5. Click Submit.

Submit an Assignment on Behalf of a Student

  1. Click on a class from the list, in the instructor view of your Turnitin account.
  2. From an assignment in the list, click the More Actions drop down menu.
  3. Click Submit.
  4. Choose an Author (in most cases, this will be Non-enrolled student).
  5. Enter a name and title for the paper.
  6. Click Choose from this computer, select the file and open.
  7. Click Upload to submit.

View a Submitted Paper Report

  1. Click on a class from the list, in the instructor view of your Turnitin account.
  2. From an assignment in the list, click the View link.
  3. Find the submission you want to evaluate, and click the colored block in the Similarity column to view the Turnitin report.
For an excellent introduction to the Similarity report, take a look at this support video from Turnitin, Viewing the Similarity Report. Since you have already submitted your student's work, you don't need to watch the first 23 seconds of the video. Here are some additional resources:
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