Turnitin compares a student paper against a wide range of sources, and generates a report highlighting passages in the submitted paper that have phrasing similar to published material.
On this page, we organize resources to help faculty use Turnitin to improve student writing. As described below, Turnitin has only limited value as a plagiarism detector, and the incidence of plagiarism at Yale is generally quite low. But faculty and students can use Turnitin to see patterns of source use and misuse, and these patterns can help guide revised teaching, writing, and revision practices. If you use Turnitin in your courses, the university recommends that you announce this practice on your course syllabus (see below).
Please use the links below to learn more about using Turnitin. For technical information about adding Turnitin to your assignments in Canvas, please see the Help section. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have further questions.
Published Sources Highlighted by Turnitin
Student Sources Highlighted by Turnitin