I will ask you to submit your two essays and your exam paper through Turnitin, which is a platform that facilitates feedback and checks that your work is original. (Note that ‘original’ simply means that the work is yours and no one else’s, in this context.) Any portion of your text that already appears on the internet, whether in the same words or rephrased, will be detected by the platform. This should remove the temptation of plagiarism and encourage you to come up with your own work. Additionally, it will also help you reference your sources appropriately, so that no quote is left unacknowledged.

Plagiarism is a serious academic offence. By making sure you acknowledge your sources, whether you are quoting directly or indirectly, you adopt appropriate academic practice that will be crucial throughout your studies and beyond.

Turnitin is built in Blackboard. We will not normally use Blackboard for this course, but you will use it to submit assignments and I will return your edited copies with feedback and grades through it too.

Here’s how to submit your assignments:

  • Log in to Blackboard with your CUNY credentials.
  • For all three assignments (essays 1, 2, and the final exam), I will create a Turnitin link. Each time, you will find the relevant link under Assessment > Assignment.
  • You need only click the link and click ‘Submit’ to start the process.
  • Enter your first name, last name, and the relevant assignment as your ‘submission title’ (e.g. ‘Essay 1’).
  • Upload your assignment, review your submission and complete.
  • Save your email receipt as proof of your submission in case something goes wrong.

Make sure you start the submission process well ahead of 11:59pm on the day your assignment is due, as the system may become glitchy if too crowded.

Here is a pdf you can download with the instructions for using Turnitin on Blackboard: