Turnitin is a comprehensive cloud-based solution that helps check students' work for improper citation or potential plagiarism by comparing it against the world's largest comparison database.  

  • Are you experiencing technical difficulties using Turnitin?  You can quickly check the current system operational status on the Turnitin Status page for the current system functional status. 
  • New feature: Turnitin Draft Coach available Microsoft® Word for the web. Turnitin Draft Coach- allows users to correct grammar, check for similarity, and improve citations.    

Using Turnitin with Canvas 

Canvas features two ways to integrate Turnitin plagiarism-checking technology into your assignments: 

  • Turnitin External Tool: The Turnitin External Tool is available in Canvas. This tool allows you access to Turnitin’s full suite of evaluation tools, including Turnitin’s online grading tools (Feedback Studio) and peer review system (PeerMark). When using the External Tool, you create the assignment and your students submit the assignment from within Canvas, but all use of rubrics, feedback tools, and scoring takes place in Turnitin. 
  • Turnitin Plagiarism Framework: New in Canvas, for instructors who would like to receive a Turnitin similarity report on their student submissions while continuing to use Canvas’s built-in tools for rubrics, feedback, peer review, and scoring. Incorporating the Plagiarism Framework into a Canvas assignment is quick and easy, and you do not need to learn a whole new suite of tools to do your grading. 

Still not sure which tool will best meet your needs? See this External Tool vs. Plagiarism Framework feature comparison chart. 

How does it work? 

  • Students submit their electronic documents to the link provided by the instructor. The submitted work is checked against the most extensive academic database and the Internet. 
  • Instructors view the paper in its original format. 
  • Turnitin shows how much of the student's paper matches content from our databases so instructors can quickly understand how much of the paper is unoriginal. 
  • Unoriginal content is highlighted and color-coded, and the source appears with the percentage of content originating from that source. 
  • Control what information appears in your Originality Report by filtering out bibliographic, quoted, or small match sizes. 

Turnitin.com access 

To use Turnitin.com, you will need an active Turnitin.com account which can be obtained using one of the two options below: 

  1. An instructor Turnitin.com account is automatically created when the instructor uses Turnitin in a Canvas course.  To use Turnitin.com, the instructor would log in using their university email address and execute a password reset. 
  2. The instructor submits a request via Service Desk's Online Portal to have a Turnitin.com account created.