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Using Turnitin to Check for Plagiarism

Using Turnitin is an automated process within in each Canvas course, through the Assignments.

How to Set Up an Assignment to Use Turnitin
Viewing Students' Originality Reports
Inline Grading and Commenting on Students' Papers
Optional: Creating a Custom Submission Statement for Students
How to Submit an Assignment to Turnitin
Viewing Your Originality Report

Submitted papers are checked against 20+ billion web pages, 220+ million student papers and leading library databases and publications.

Items to Note:

  • Turnitin does not support file names with special characters, including dashes.
  • Students can view the originality report of their rough draft before submitting their final drafts of an assignment; they would simply resubmit their file for the same assignment. The file name of the assignment does not need to be changed when resubmitting the file.
  • Turnitin will NOT check a student's original draft against subsequent ones, and instructors will only see the latest version of the file that the student submitted. The system will recognize that the same student is submitting the multiple documents.
  • When students submit a Turnitin-enabled assignment they will be required to check a box indicating that they agree with the plagiarism pledge before they can submit the assignment.
  • Turnitin does not process files submitted through the Google Docs integration with Canvas.
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