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What is Turnitin?

Turnitin is a service that helps educators prevent plagiarism by detecting unoriginal content in student papers. In addition to acting as a plagiarism deterrent, it also has features designed to aid  in educating students about plagiarism and the importance of proper attribution of any borrowed content.


Georgia Southern University instructors may utilize a plagiarism prevention technology in some of their course sections. Students may have the option of submitting papers online through a plagiarism prevention service or by allowing the instructor to submit hard copies of their papers. The papers may be retained by the service for the sole purpose of checking for plagiarized content in future student submissions.

How Turnitin Works

Turnitin is directly integrated within Folio, and cannot be used independently. However, using the single file upload, papers not obtained in a Turnitin Dropbox can be checked for originality.

  1. Instructor creates a Turnitin assignment dropbox inside of a Folio course.
  2. Students submit assignment documents.
  3. Turnitin checks all submitted papers against the following databases:
  • Internet: includes billions of pages of active and archived internet information
  • Periodicals, Journals, and Publications: a repository of tens of thousands of periodicals, journals, and publications.
  • Database: a repository of works previously submitted to Turnitin

4. Turnitin returns an originality report viewable by the Instructor, student, or both to aid in the grading and education.


OriginalityCheck ®
Ensures original work by checking submitted papers against 20+ billion web pages, 220+ million student papers and leading library databases and publications.


A schedule of these workshops may be accessed on the University Training Site.


Instructors can make use of Turnitin Originality reports within the folio Dropbox tool. A tutorial on enabling this feature can be found in the Dropbox section of the “Folio Instructor Training Course”, available inside folio for all Georgia Southern instructors.

If you would like to submit your own paper to Turnitin please contact us at (912) 478-2287/ and we will enroll you in a “Folio Instructor Training Course” as a student. Once enrolled into the class you will be able to submit your own paper to a dropbox so that it can be checked via Turnitin. Any files that you submit (of your own) in your class as an instructor will not be checked.

Please contact the Faculty Center for Face to Face Workshops.


The use of Turnitin is dependent on your instructors enabling Originality reports from within a folio Dropbox. Once enabled, your documents that you submit will return an Originality report to your instructor (and to you if they enable that feature). So, for students, using Turnitin is as easy as submitting a folio Dropbox document. To learn more about using the Dropbox tool, visit the “Folio Student Training Course” located inside of folio.


PeerMark™ is a peer review assignment tool. Instructors can create and manage PeerMark assignments that allow students to read, review, and evaluate one or many papers submitted by their classmates. With the advanced options in PeerMark, instructors can choose whether the reviews are anonymous or attributed.


The basic stages of the peer review process:

  1. Instructor creates an Assignment Dropbox for PeerMark.
    Creating an Assignment Dropbox for Peermark
  2. Instructor enables and sets up PeerMark on the Assignment Dropbox by setting the number of papers students will be required to review and how papers will be distributed. Instructors also create PeerMark free response and scale questions for students to respond to while reviewing papers.
    Enabling and Setting up the PeerMark Assignment 
  3. Students submit papers to the Assignment Dropbox.
    Submitting a Paper to a PeerMark Assignment Dropbox 
  4. On the PeerMark assignment start date, papers are distributed to students for writing peer reviews. For each assigned paper, students write reviews by responding to the free response and scale questions.  Students receive reviews as other students complete them. Instructors can also complete PeerMark reviews for student papers.
    PeerMark Reviews for Students
    PeerMark Reviews for Instructors
  5. Once the PeerMark assignment due date passes no more reviews can be written, completed, or edited by the writer. Instructors can read and grade the assignment papers and the reviews written by the students.
    Grading Assignments and PeerMark Reviews

Last updated: 7/28/2022