Ok so i checked this morning for signs of life from turnitin, and it has decided my essay is not plagiarised! (bargain! - but whether it will pass or not is another matter.. ) but yeh just a little warning, IT TOOK AT LEAST 10 HOURS TO DO!!
Now time for a quick run through of how to use it, and what to expect.
1. go to ur module on blackboard, down the left hand side underneath the discussion boards link is a link to turnitin.
2. once you're in, you should see a page like this:
Next to where it says "TPCD turnitin" on the left there is a tiny button, this is the 'upload your essay' button, clcking this will take you to a screen where you will be given the chance to browse the files on your computer and find your essay. Hit submit, and it will ask you to verify that you are the author, and because you are logged in though blackboard, it should know who you are.
When it has successfully uploaded, it will send a receipt to your DMU email accunt - this will contain some or all of your essay in plain font. Any images in your essay will be replaced by "[pic]" and tables will probably be distorted beyond recognition. This is fine, it's only interested in the words you wrote. (so you can plagiarise images and tables???)
anyway, once it's all set, log into turnitin again, the link will still be where it was, on the left hand side of the page.
What you are waiting to happen is for the box on circled in red with the "--" inside it to change, and a colour to come up.
Don't press refresh on your browser, it's annoyingly long winded - it will take you back out to the module guide again. Instead I have circled the refresh button that's there for you to use!
Now wait about 10 hours (i kid you not!)
I'll put the rest in my next post