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The Frohring Library coordinates the access to Turnitin®, a plagiarism detection service that checks submitted files against its vast database of other submitted papers, and against the content of published books and periodicals, and other websites.

JCU Turnitin® instance is available at


You might include a notice that you plan to use Turnitin on your course syllabus. A short line, such as “Please note that your papers may be submitted to Turnitin.” should suffice.  If you decide to start using the service in the middle of a term, please discuss the matter with your students, informing them of your reasons for doing so.

If you detect that substantial portions of a student's assignment have been plagiarized, report the issue to Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, Prof. Pamela Harris (


Turnitin Status Information

To keep track of the status of Turnitin and to verify any past or present outage, you can check To receive real-time information, you can subscribe to the updates.

IMPORTANT: during Turnitin outages, you might receive or see on the website a message referring to a Delay in generating a similarity report. In fact, it might be worse than a delay, as it sometimes requires the deletion and re-uploading of the submitted documents. Course instructors can do it via Moodle; if need be, you can contact for further help.

Turnitin® and Moodle

Our Turnitin® instance is integrated with our LMS Moodle, therefore since all Faculty members have their courses on Moodle, a Turnitin® account is also automatically created.

For details about using the plagiarism detection plugin in Moodle, refer to the appropriate section in the Moodle guide:

Turnitin® without Moodle

Instructors cannot add themselves to the institutional Turnitin account. 

If you wish to use Turnitin without using Moodle to check, for example, individual papers or papers that were submitted to you via email, you have to recover your password and create a class and an assignment before uploading the papers yourself.

Livia Piotto is the Turnitin administrator in the Library. If you would like more details about using Turnitin you can contact her at