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account A Turnitin account allows instructors to use products purchased from Turnitin
account ID The numeric identification number for a specific account or sub-account
administrator the controller of a specific Turnitin account. This user type is able to install and configure, activate or deactivate products on an account, change account settings, and add or remove instructors from account access
assignment Submissions to a class on Turnitin are made to an assignment. Each assignment can allow only a single submission per student user who is enrolled in the class
building block A building block is a set of files that can be installed on an institutions Blackboard server to allow users to create and access Turnitin assignments from within Blackboard
class To allow students to submit files, an instructor must create a class for their students. A class requires a name, a class ID, and a class enrollment password
class portfolio  The class portfolio page is the main view page of a student for a specific class
default submission type A user preference set by instructor or student users to define which file submission method should be displayed by default for submissions to an assignment in a Turnitin class
digital receipt The digital receipt is a confirmation of a successful paper submission to a Turnitin assignment. The digital receipt contains the unique paper ID number, user name, submission date and time, class name, assignment title, and a copy of the submitted work. The digital receipt is shown on-screen after submission and a copy is sent by e-mail to the user at the e-mail address provided as the user login name. This e-mail is sent by and spam filters should be checked to ensure they do not block users from receiving this e-mail 
download Transmission of a file from Turnitin to the computer of the user selecting to download files). Some users may need to enable file download due to security considerations on the web browser or computer being used
due date The due date on a Turnitin assignment indicates the date and time of day at which an assignment is due. Submissions after the due date and time may no longer be allowed and will be automatically blocked by the Turnitin system. Only the instructor can enable late submissions on an assignment on Turnitin. The due date must come after the start date and before the post date during assignment creation. The due date and time may be changed by the instructor at their discretion to meet the needs of a class
export (stats)  downloading a copy of account statistics in a Microsoft Excel® format to a user’s computer
GradeMark A digital grading product offered by Turnitin which allows instructors to place comments and QuickMark editing marks on a submission for students to review. This product also includes standardized rubric scorecards and the ability to share QuickMark standard editing marks and rubric scorecards between instructors on an account via export or via administrators using the libraries sharing feature of the GradeMark digital grading product
home page The default login page, which is different based on the selected default user type of the user profile being accessed
instructor The term used for teachers, tutors, or other student assisting users added or authorized to join as instructors on a specific 
Turnitin account. A single person may be joined to multiple Turnitin accounts or sub-accounts using one user profile or separate user profiles. Users may fill more than one user type role on Turnitin
internet archive Turnitin’s web repository includes inactive or no longer available web pages and copies of pages that have changed over time. This allows Turnitin to search against information that is no longer available or which has changed over time
items per page A user info page preference that allows users to determine the number of items from any list they wish to see per page on Turnitin
knowledge base The knowledge base is an area we have created for our users to search for help or information on specific aspects of using Turnitin. Also available are frequently updated lists of the most 
common questions we receive 
libraries The libraries menu displays the rubrics created by Turnitin 
or the instructor. For more information about rubrics please view the GradeMark training video or the rubric section of the GradeMark manual available at
log in The act of an authorized user entering the e-mail address and personal password created for a user profile to enter Turnitin as the user associated with the e-mail address entered
Optical Character Recognition (OCR) Optical character recognition software converts a image of text information into an actual text document that can be read and altered by word processing software. Papers or documents transferred into a computer via a scanner require optical character recognition software conversion to be submitted to Turnitin. Turnitin only accepts documents containing actual text data rather than an imaged document or submission. Some scanners offer OCR conversion automatically, but most OCR conversion requires hand correction to resolve any inaccuracies which can cause major changes to the actual content of a document
Originality Report The Originality Report is a flexible document that allows students and instructors to review matches between a submitted work and the repositories scanned by Turnitin. Citations, quotations, and bibliographic material are all scanned against Turnitin’s repositories to determine an overall similarity percentage as well as specific matches to similar text
Overall Similarity Index The overall similarity index is a percentage indicating the similarity of the text submitted to information contained in the Turnitin repositories used for comparison on the assignment the submission was made in. This percentage indicates a percentage based on the length of the paper compared to the length of the areas flagged as similar during the comparison
paper A paper refers to the document or file submitted by a user to an assignment in a class on the Turnitin website
paper ID the paper ID number is a unique identifier that can be used to refer to a specific paper. The paper ID number can be viewed by accessing the paper in the assignment inbox for instructors. 
The paper ID number is also available on the paper view page, Originality Report, and GradeMark digital assessment view of the submission 
PeerMark this product allows students to anonymously or with attribution review submissions made by other students within the course. Students reply to free response and scale questions selected or created by the instructor. Instructors may also comment on the paper using three different commenting tools: inline text tool, highlighter tool, and composition marks. A PeerMark assignment must be based on a normal Turnitin assignment where the student papers are initially submitted
Plagiarism Prevention This product creates Originality Reports for submissions in assignments on Turnitin. The Originality Reports allow instructors and students to easily determine any problems in citation or referencing and assists instructors in determining the originality of a submitted work
post date the post date of an assignment is set by the instructor during the assignment creation. When the post date and time has passed, students will be able to view GradeMark and GradeBook information on their submissions in this assignment. If the assignment is a Peer Review, students will be able to read the assessments written by their peers after the post date passes. The post date does not control Originality Reports. The post date must come after the start date and due date during assignment creation
product  A specific service, feature, or group of features offered by Turnitin as part of the purchase of a Turnitin license by an educational customer
proxy server A proxy server is a server that stands between an institution’s network and the internet. The proxy server passes requests from the institution’s network to places on the internet and returns the responses from the internet to the institution’s network
repository A set of information of a specific type or types. In the specific context of the Originality Report provided by Turnitin, repository is used to refer to the type of information the submission was evaluated against for direct matching or high levels of similarity. Available repositories include internet, archived internet, periodical/journal/publication information, and previous submissions
resubmit the act of submitting a new paper in place of an existing submitted paper. Resubmission can only be done if the instructor has set an assignment to allow students to overwrite until the due date and time of the paper, or if the instructor has manually deleted the student’s existing submission in the assignment inbox. This option can only be enabled by the class instructor
revision (assignment type)  an assignment created by an instructor that is linked to an existing assignment. Revision assignments may have a different start, due, or post date than the primary assignment. Revision assignments allow instructors to easily enable students to submit multiple drafts of the same submission to different assignments. Revision assignments, like regular assignments, only allow one paper per student to be submitted
shared key A shared key is the eight digit, alphanumeric code that an institution’s Turnitin account administrator creates in the integration configuration page within Turnitin. The shared key is used to verify the integrity of requests sent from the Institution’s Blackboard account to the institution’s Turnitin account
start date A date and time selected by the instructor when creating an assignment. The start date and time must pass 
before students are able to begin submitting to an assignment. 
Instructors are not prevented from submitting before the start date. The start date for an assignment must be before the selected due date and post date during assignment creation. This may be updated only by the instructor to meet the needs of a class
student A user type able to enroll in courses created by an instructor 
user. Student user profiles can only submit to assignments created by an instructor in a class they are joined to or have been authorized to join
sub-account an account created beneath a parent account. The Turnitin account tree allows for multiple sub-accounts created under each parent account. Only individual accounts may not create sub accounts. 
submission  A file or files uploaded by a student or instructor user into an assignment within a Turnitin class. Only a single file per student user can be submitted to an assignment by a student user
submission type Turnitin offers multiple submission types for students and instructors. Students are able to submit a single file at a time by either file upload or cut-and-paste submission. Instructors are able to submit files by file upload, copy and paste, bulk upload, or zip upload options. The default file type for a user to submit by can be viewed or changed in the preferences section of the user info page
upload (file) The act of submitting or sending a file into a specific assignment within a Turnitin for use with the Turnitin products selected for the class
user profile The user profile is a set of user preferences and information associated with a specific ID within Turnitin. Each user profile requires a unique e-mail address. A specific e-mail address can only be used once within the Turnitin repository. New attempts to create a profile associated with an e-mail address currently existing in Turnitin will not succeed
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