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Turnitin Draft Coach is an application designed to assist students with their academic writing by providing instant feedback utilizing the following features:

  • Similarity Check is used to protect students from unintentional plagiarism.

  • Citations Check assists students in properly citing their sources.

  • Grammar Guide highlights grammar issues and provides correction suggestions. 

Draft Coach is available to Brown students, staff and faculty  with an active Google account.    


Getting Started with  Draft Coach 

  Open the Google document you are working on via docs.google.com or from your Google apps menu

  1. At the top of screen menu, click on the Add-ons menu

  2. Turnitin Draft Coach is listed below the Add-ons menu.  Click on it.  

  3. Another menu will appear to the right  with the words Turnitin Draft Coach.  Select the Turnitin option again from the new menu as pictured below.


Please note, the first time accessing the Turnitin Draft Coach add on, you will be prompted to agree to the terms of use for Turnitin to scan your document.  

Using Draft Coach 

After opening your Google Doc and launching Draft Coach, choose the feature you need to use, Similarity Check, Citations Check or the Grammar Guide

 Similarity Check

  • Check your paper against online sources before submitting.   Note: Checking your draft in advance does not add your document to the Turnitin online repository.
    • Students are allowed to run three similarity checks on their draft.
  • Once the scan is over, a percentage rating will be provided indicating how close your paper matched documents within their online repository.  You can then click through the provided detailed suggestions on how to correct them.  

Citations Check

  • Track your sources and citations.  
  • The scan will identify when a citation is missing. 
  • Run as often as needed.  There are no scan attempt limitations.

Grammar Guide

  •  Identify grammar errors you may have missed while proofreading.  
  • Provides suggestions on how to correct errors.
  • Run as often as needed.  There are no scan attempt limitations.

Draft Coach Assistance

Turnitin has a support center that provides assistance with Draft Coach questions and variety of knowledgebase articles including:

For additional questions on using Draft Coach contact Turnitin at https://supportcenter.turnitin.com/s/contactsupport.

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