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Academic Integrity & Plagiarism: Turnitin: Plagiarism Prevention

Information on how students can submit their draft papers and have them checked by Turnitin via University Libraries.


Photo of Kent State University Library at sunriseWhat is Turnitin?

Turnitin is a component within Canvas that is used to detect unoriginal text in student papers. Turnitin checks the paper against multiple sources and then generates an Originality Report. The report will highlight areas that could be potentially considered plagiarized. 

It is important to note that just because Turnitin highlights an area does not mean it is plagiarized. Turnitin does not check to make sure that in-text citations and references are correct. 

University Libraries offer students the opportunity to have their papers submitted to Turnitin as drafts. The library will submit the papers for the students and have a Turnitin Originality Report created. It may take up to 48 hours to generate the report. Once the report is generated, the library will email the Originality Report to the student along with comments. The comment will only cover issues found in the report, not issues with the writing. For writing assistance, please visit the Writing Commons located on the 4th floor of the University Libraries. 

How do I submit my paper to Turnitin via University Libraries?

To submit your paper to University Libraries to run through Turnitin, please click on the link at the bottom of the page. Papers must be less than 25 MB and acceptable file types are: doc, docx, pdf, rtf, txt. It may take 48 hours, Monday-Friday, to receive a report. Papers that are submitted after 5 pm, Monday-Thursday will be uploaded to the program the following morning. The 48 hours will start once the paper has been uploaded. The system is very busy at the end of the semester so please plan ahead. If you have any questions about the process, please email 

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