Check Assignment Form 53-304e

Tufts University has a University-wide contract with the Turnitin plagiarism detection service.

Instructors can arrange to have papers submitted to the Trunk Assignments tool checked, by Turnitin, for potential unoriginal content by comparing submitted papers to several databases using a proprietary algorithm.  Turnitin scans the Internet, its own databases, and also has licensing agreements with large academic proprietary databases. Instructors receive (in the Trunk Assignments tool) an “Originality Report” from Turnitin for each student submission.

Turnitin can be used only once per assignment. If you have students submitting a "draft" paper assignment and assign a Turnitin originality report to it, you will need to create a second assignment for Turnitin to check the final draft of the paper.

The Tufts contract with Turnitin is an instructor only service. Students cannot check their own papers via Turnitin without an instructor created assignment.

Note:When Turnitin is used on an assignment, students will have a note on their assignment form indicating that the assignment will be checked by the Turnitin plagiarism service.

To use Turnitin:

  • Locate the class you’d like to create the Spot Check Assignment for.

  • Click Create an Assignment under that class title.  
    This will take you to the Create a New Assignment page.

  • Under Assignment Typedo the following:

    1. Name the assignment (you can change this later if needed).

    2. Select “Spot Check.”


  • Click Continue.  This should take you to the Spot Check Prompt Library page.

  • Just like with Signal Check Assignments, use the dropdown filters to search for prompts.
    You can filter by grade, genre, and whether the prompt is source-based.

  • Click the prompt titles on the Spot Check Prompt Library page to read each prompt on its individual prompt page.

  • Also, like Signal Check Assignments, on each prompt page you’ll find the following:

    1. The prompt and any sources students will need to read to write to that prompt

    2. A downloadable Rubric PDF for how student writing will be scored

    3. A downloadable Assignment PDF of the prompt and sources

    4. A link to the Learning Standards related to that prompt.


  • When you find the prompt you’d like to use, add any additional info for your students in
    the Add Special Instructions box. If you added any extra instructions, click Save Instructions

  • Click the Create Assignment button.

  • Click Continue to confirm the assignment creation.

  • A Successpage should come up when your assignment has been created.

    Remember! You still have to start the assignment so your students can work on it.
    Students cannot see the essay question until you start the assignment.

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