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Turnitin is an originality and plagiarism service that is available for faculty and students directly in Canvas. This guide will provide the basics to help you get started with creating a Turnitin assignment in your course(s).

Before You Start

(warning) To create an assignment with a Canvas rubric, visit Assignments with Canvas Rubrics and Turnitin Originality Checking.

  • Use of Turnitin must follow the Faculty Guidelines for Using to Detect Plagiarism
  • For purposes of fairness and equal application, Turnitin strongly recommends requiring Student submission of all papers rather than submission by Instructors only of papers singled out by Instructor. We concur with Turnitin and their configuration within learning management systems such as Canvas.
  • In all classes, faculty should notify their students that the Turnitin service may be used. The language below should be in the academic policies section of the syllabus: 

    Students agree that by taking this course all required papers will be subject to submission for textual similarity review to for the detection of plagiarism.
    All submitted papers will be included as source documents in the reference database solely for the purpose of detecting plagiarism of such papers.
    Use of the service is subject to the terms of use agreement posted on the site.

Adding a Turnitin Assignment

  1. Log in to Canvas and click on a course in which you wish to use Turnitin
  2. Create a new assignment with one of these options:
    1. Click on Assignments on the left menu and click +Assignment. This option allows you to immediately edit the settings of the assignment, however, you will need to remember to add it to your Module.

      Assignments navigation menu in Canvas

    2. Click the plus sign (+) within a Module to add a New Assignment. Enter an Assignment Name and click Add item. Click on the Assignment Name within your Module to edit the settings of the assignment.

      Add item to Assignments menu

  3. Set Points, Assignment Group and Display Grade as for gradebook configuration
  4. In the Submission Type box, select External Tool from the dropdown list. Click Find to display the pop-up Configure External Tool options box. Scroll through the list to click on Turnitin LTI API. Click Select.

    Configure external tool option in Canvas
  5. Optionally set Moderated Grading.
  6. Configure Assign to, Due and Available from and Until Dates. 
  7. Click Save & Publish or Save (to publish assignment at a later time) 
  8. Upon saving the assignment, you be presented with the embedded Turnitin view. Click the three parallel lines in the upper right corner and select Settings to set up Turnitin assignment configurations (details below).

    Turnitin assignment pane in Canvas, with no assignments currently available 

The following options are considered Best Practices for using Turnitin for assignments.

Configuring Settings within Turnitin 

  1. You will need to set Start DateDue Date, and Feedback Release Dates within Turnitin - dates set initially in Canvas will not transfer to within Turnitin. Restrict file type submissions if required. Add additional assignment instructions if necessary.
  2. Click the gear next to Optional Settings for additional configurations.
    1. Choose whether to allow late submissions
    2. Under Compare Submitted papers against the following sources, leave all options checked 
    3. Originality Report generation and resubmissions: This option determines when your students can see the Turnitin originality report. For resubmission assignments (draft and final paper) select “Generate reports immediately (resubmissions are allowed until due date)” and set due date for when the final version is allowed.
    4. Exclude bibliographic materials → set to Yes 
    5. Exclude quoted materials → set to Yes 
    6. Exclude Small matches → set to Yes (set small match to six words) 
    7. Allow students to see Originality Reports → set to Yes 
    8. Submit assignments → set to Standard paper repository if this is not a Revision Assignment 
    9. Optionally select to Add PeerMark assignments, attach a rubric, and save options for future assignments 
  3. Click Submit

Optional Settings

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Optional settings menu in Turnitin configuration

Radio button options for Turnitin configuration

dropdown menu options for Turnitin configuration

Related Self Help Guides

  • Page:
    Submitting a Turnitin Assignment You can submit Turnitin assignments directly in Canvas. Turnitin measures assignment originality and indicates what percent of your assignment matches internet sources.
  • Page:
    Using Geneseo Outcomes for Assessment — This guide was created in collaboration with Melanie Blood, Interim Associate Provost for Assessment and Curriculum. For questions regarding the assessment process at Geneseo, please contact her office directly.
  • Page:
    Turnitin Originality and Plagiarism Service — Turnitin is an originality and plagiarism service that is available for faculty and students directly in our Learning Management System – Canvas. 
  • Page:
    Assignments with Canvas Rubrics and Turnitin Originality Checking — This guide provides information for faculty who want to utilize the Turnitin originality and plagiarism service with a Canvas rubric.
  • Page:
    Creating a Turnitin Assignment (Geneseo Guide) — Turnitin is an originality and plagiarism service that is available for faculty and students directly in Canvas. This guide will provide the basics to help you get started with creating a Turnitin assignment in your course(s).

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