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Turnitin is a tool to improve student writing and ensure academic integrity. It is software both accessible online and built into Blackboard, which can automatically screen student papers for originality.


Turnitin works via text-matching. It checks writing against existing publications on the web and its internal database of student papers, color coding matches based on the source. It assigns an originality number based on the percentage of the text with no match.

Who can use it?

  • Faculty

  • Student

When can I use it?

This service is available all the time.

How much doest it cost?

This service is available at no charge to the KU community.

If you use Turnitin outside of Blackboard, you must create your account. Please open a track-it from the Information Technology Trackit Portal.

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