Turnitin is an online anti-plagiarism service which compares student submissions to millions of websites and papers submitted for exact matches. Instructors can verify if students properly cited their sources. The reports are integrated into the Assignments tool in e-Learning, or Turnitin can be used as a stand-alone product, offering more tools such as grading rubrics.

Turnitin offers:

  • Originality Check: Compares student submissions to billions of websites and other papers, highlighting exact matches.
  • GradeMark: Interactive grading rubrics and efficient feedback provision. (External Tool Only)
  • PeerMark: Students can review each other's submissions. (External Tool Only)


Turnitin as a Canvas Built-In Tool

Accessing Turnitin in Assignments as a Canvas Built-In Tool:

  1. Create an assignment in your Canvas course.
  2. Choose “text entry” and/or “file upload” as submission type.
  3. Select "Turnitin" under the "Plagiarism Review" drop-down menu.
  4. Choose the desired settings (refer to the Turnitin Guide for more information).

Support Videos for Canvas Assignments as a Built-In Tool:




Turnitin As an External Tool Within Canvas

Turnitin can also be accessed as an external tool (LTI) within Canvas. Utilizing Turnitin this way provides several benefits including:

  • Streamlined workflow: Using Turnitin as an external tool enables instructors to manage assignments, Similarity Reports, and grading all within Canvas. This provides a more efficient and organized workflow compared to using Turnitin as a standalone account.
  • Automatic grade sync: When using Turnitin's GradeMark feature as an external tool, grades can be automatically synchronized with your Canvas gradebook. This eliminates the need for manual grade entry and reduces the possibility of errors.
  • Enhanced collaboration: Turnitin's integration with Canvas allows for better collaboration between instructors and students. Features like PeerMark can be utilized effectively, enabling students to review and provide feedback on each other's work within Canvas.
  • Please note that the External Tool does NOT work with group assignments.

Accessing Turnitin in Assignments as an External Tool:

  1. Create an assignment in your Canvas course.
  2. In the “Submission Type” field, select “External Tool” from the dropdown menu.
  3. A list of available external tools will appear. Scroll down and select "Turnitin External Tool"
  4. When you open the assignment for the first time, you will be prompted to configure the Turnitin settings. Adjust the settings as desired, such as enabling Originality Check, PeerMark, or GradeMark features.
  5. Click "Save" or "Save and Publish" at the bottom of the settings page to finalize the assignment setup.

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Turnitin As Standalone Account

Turnitin is also available as a standalone account, allowing instructors to submit papers one at a time for a Similarity Report at any time. If you are a TA (Teaching Assistant) assisting the primary instructor, do not request a Turnitin account. The primary instructor will create a TA role for you on his/her Turnitin account. This method is not recommended for use with an entire class, as it intended spot-checking individual papers.

To request a standalone account as the primary instructor:

  1. Complete the Instructor Turnitin Request Form.
  2. You will receive a confirmation email and a ticket number.
  3. Within 1-2 business days, you will receive an email from Turnitin with your username, password, login link, and usage instructions.

Follow the  Instructor Quick Submit Instructions to submit a file to your standalone account


Acceptable File Types and Size

Please refer to Turnitin’s File Requirements page to know more about the file types and sizes the tool accepts.