Turnitin is a plagiarism detection service that identifies potentially plagiarized or improperly cited text and is integrated in Canvas. Turnitin automatically checks submitted work against an ever-increasing index of online sources.

Turnitin converts the student submission into plain text and excludes any quoted material from matching. The rest of the text is then compared for exact matches with existing source material. Turnitin compares the content in the submitted paper to two repositories – a repository of student submissions that is private to the university and a repository of publicly accessible, academically-oriented Internet resources.

A final report is presented to the user highlighting different levels or amounts of matching per submission. There is an overview score as well as a side by side comparison of the matching text and sources.

  1. On the left course navigation menu click Assignments
  2. At the top of the Assignments page click “+ Assignment”


Create the assignment 
Assignment Name and Text: Type in a name for the assignment -- for student clarity identify, in either the name or text area, that this assignment is a Turnitin submission (example: Turnitin Submission Assignment; This assignment will be submitted through Turnitin and will produce an originality report).
Type in the point value and select Assignment Group (e.g., if you are applying a weighting for these types of assignments).

Under Submission type, select Online, for online submission types check File Uploads. Select option for Submission Attempts - either Unlimited or Limited. (select #).
Click the down arrow to the right of Plagiarism Review, select Turnitin. 

  • Exclude from Similarity Reports. Place a check to exclude Bibliography and/or Quotes
  • Submission Indexing: The checked option of Index all Submissions adds the submission to the database (uncheck for 'draft' submission')