FoxTALE Student: Turnitin Originality Reporting

Table of Contents
  • How Does it Work?
  • Viewing your Graded Paper with Comments 

What is Turnitin?

Turnitin is a cloud-based service for originality checking that can be used as a tool to guide you in how to create proper citations and improve writing skills. The service is integrated in our FoxTALE (Moodle) Online Learning Management System.  If your professor activates the Turnitin reporting on any assignment, forum or workshop, your work will be submitted to an originality report.  An originality report is generated that can guide you in how to create proper citations and improve writing skills. Any questions on how this is being used should be directed to your professor.

Because Turnitin is an integration with FoxTALE, all users (faculty, students, administrators, etc.)  are asked to accept the Turnitin agreement on FoxTALE.  This is a one-time acceptance that is triggered when submitting text or a file in a forum, assignment or workshop.   The invitation to the agreement does not indicate that Turnitin is enabled for that activity.  You should only have to accept the agreement once. If the agreement window does not display, you will need to enable popups for FoxTALE.


Turnitin Agreement

NOTE: Where it says Click this link will open the agreement statement that you can read before you accept. see image below

Example of agreement...Actual Agreement is on FoxTALE

Example of Turnitin Contract

How does it work?

When you upload a paper or enter online text in any assignment, forum or workshop activity where your professor has enabled the Turnitin originality reports, you should see a percentage box indicating originality, but it may take up to 20 minutes to generate.  Click on the box to open a new webpage to see the full originality report.

Viewing Originality Report

Important: Your professor may have the assignment set to allow you to resubmit until the due date. Your initial upload will get an originality report within 20 minutes, but, If you re-submit your paper it may take up to 24 hours to generate a new report.  This will happen even if you resubmit the same paper.  Once you upload again, the previous report will be overwritten (cancelled) and you will have to wait up to 24 hours for a new report to appear.

The color of the report icon is linked to one of five tiers of the Similarity Index. This is based on the amount of matching text found by the repository comparison. The possible similarity index percentage ranges are linked to a corresponding color:

  • blue (no matching words)
  • green (one matching word - 24% similarity index)
  • yellow (25-49% similarity index)
  • orange (50-74% similarity index)
  • red (75-100% similarity index)

Important: These indices in no way reflect your grade but only reflects similarity to other sources.  Any questions on how this is being used should be directed to your professor.

Example of a paper uploaded waiting for an originality report to generate.

Paper that is Waiting for an Originality Report

If you click on the “pencil” icon  and go to grademark to see the Originality report, it will give you this message.

Example of an Originality Report Unavailable Message

This just means it is still processing.

Viewing Your Graded Paper with Comments

After your professor has graded your paper, they may have included some feedback comments in GradeMark.  You can view the comments by clicking again on the originality report and then selecting the GradeMark tab. This will open in a new tab in your browser.

.Grademark Tab

Alternatively, you may or may not see an additional pencil icon   that you can click to see the GradeMark report:

Pencil Icon

Click on either icon to go to the same report and select the tabs above to see either the Originality report or the GradeMark report.  The PeerMark report is not active at this time.

Grademark tab

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