When you are submitting essays and papers to the Dropbox in D2L, your instructor may use Turnitin. Turnitin is an online plagiarism detection service. It compares your essays to a large database of writings and essays and looks for matching text.
When you are ready to submit your document to your instructor, go to the Dropbox per the Dropbox instructions from the previous section. You will know that your assignment has been enabled with Turnitin if you see the icon next to the folder that looks like an eye and binoculars.
Submit your file as you normally would.
If your instructor has enabled the folder so that you may view your own report, you can check the status of your file after it has gone through the Turnitin system. Give it at least fifteen minutes.
When the system is finished with your paper, and if your instructor has turned on the feature that allows you to see your own Originality Report, you will click on the area that shows a percentage and a color. Then it will take you to Turnitin's website. Once there, you will have to click the user agreement, and then it will show you the Originality Report.
REMEMBER: That is only if your Instructor has enabled that function. In the sample below, the Turnitin system has deemed this paper is 0% plagiarized. That's what you want to see!
The image below is of a Turnitin Originality Report with a paper that is 30% plagiarized and what your instructor will also see.
With the "Originality Report" disabled your submission will look like a regular submission under your Submission History.
FAQ's about Turnitin:
What is Turnitin?
How do students submit assignments to a Turnitin-enabled Dropbox folder in Desire2Learn?
How do I review the Original Report from Turnitin?