How to use Turnitin Draft Coach

Adding Turnitin Draft Coach to your Google Doc

Once Turnitin Draft Coach has been set up by your school, you will be able to use it on any of your Google Docs to help you work towards the final draft of your assignment.

  1. Open your Google Doc assignment.

  2. Select Add-Ons, Turnitin Draft Coach, and then Turnitin Draft Coach again from the top menu bar.

    If the add-on does not appear, you may need to refresh your page and try again. If it does not appear after refreshing the page, it may not be set up for your institution. Contact your instructor and they can advise you.

  3. The Draft Coach panel will appear on the right-hand side.

  4. Draft Coach is ready to help! Let's get started.

Similarity Check

You will be able to run a total of three Similarity Checks while drafting your assignment. We suggest using these strategically to get as much out of the reports as possible.

  • Create a plan for using your reports prior to beginning your assignment.

  • Think about the length of your assignment and the amount of source material you’re referencing when determining when to run your Similarity Checks.

  • We strongly suggest that you make an effort to not use your checks all at once. Spread them out to help you improve your writing and citations over multiple drafts.

To run your Similarity Check:

  1. Make sure the Draft Coach panel is on the right-hand side of the page by adding the Draft Coach add-on to your Google Doc.

  2. Select the Similarity tab at the top of the panel or the Similarity Check card in the middle of the panel.

  3. Select Run Similarity Check.

  4. You will be shown how many reports you have left to run. Select Confirm if you would like to continue, or Cancel if you would like to continue working on your assignment.

    Please do not alter your text while the Similarity Check is running. You can make changes as soon as the report has generated.

  5. If you received matches to your draft, don’t worry! It is normal to receive some matches in a well-referenced paper and it doesn’t always mean that it is plagiarism. You can learn more about your Similarity Check results here.

  6. If you have made changes to your assignment and would like to run a new report, select Run New Similarity Check. Draft Coach will tell you how many checks you have left to use.

    Running a Similarity Check will not add your assignment to our database so will not be used to match against your final paper.

You can open an interactive version of your Similarity Report by selecting View Full Report at the bottom of the side panel. This opens a new tab in your browser and will let you select specific matches in your paper and show you the match in more detail within the insight panel. If you select a match from the insight panel, it will show you where in your paper the match was found. You cannot make changes to your paper here.

Citations Check

You will be able to run as many Citation Checks as you like while you draft your assignment. You can either wait until you have finished and make any suggested corrections at the same time, or you can run a few checks throughout your drafting process and do it in stages.

To run your Citations Check:

  1. Make sure the Draft Coach panel is on the right-hand side of the page by adding the Draft Coach add-on to your Google Doc.

  2. Select the Citations tab at the top of the panel or the Citations Check card in the middle of the panel.

  3. Select Run Citations Check.

  4. You will now have your Citations Report! You can learn more about your Citations Check results here.

  5. If you have made changes to your assignment and would like to run a new report, select Run New Citations Check.

Grammar Guide

You will be able to run as many Grammar Guide checks as you like while you draft your assignment. You can either wait until you have finished and make any suggested corrections at the same time, or you can run a few checks throughout your drafting process and do it in stages.

Grammar Guide checks your draft using US-English grammar rules.

To run your Grammar Guide:

  1. Make sure the Draft Coach panel is on the right-hand side of the page by adding the Draft Coach add-on to your Google Doc.

  2. Select the Grammar tab at the top of the panel or the Grammar Guide card in the middle of the panel.

  3. Select Run Grammar Check.

  4. You will now have access to your Grammar Guide! You can learn more about your Grammar Guide results here.

  5. If you have made changes to your assignment and would like to run a new report, select Run Grammar Check.

For any particularly long documents, Grammar Guide will only provide a report for the first 100,000 characters. If your document exceeds this length and you would like to utilize Grammar Guide fully, we recommend splitting your draft into separate documents.

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