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Turnitin - How to add Turnitin to a Canvas assignment (Instructor) and the Turnitin Originality Checker in Canvas allow instructors to check student-submitted assignments against a database of existing journals, books and other written materials (both published and submitted by students)

Turnitin's Similarity Report (formerly called the Originality Checker) is integrated into Canvas as an external tool. By integrating this tool with any Canvas assignment an originality report is generated for each student submission.

Turnitin should be added to the assignment when you create it; however, if an assignment does not yet have any submissions, you can edit the assignment and add Turnitin.

Set up a Canvas Assignment to use Turnitin Originality Checker

  1. Navigate to Assignments in Canvas or add an Assignment to a Canvas Module
  2. Select +Assignment and edit the Assignment
  3. Name the assignment and add assignment details
  4. For Submission Type, choose External Tool
    Screenshot showing the External Tool choice box
  1. In the External Tool window that appears, enter the search term Turnitin and click Find.
  2. In the Configuration External Tool window that appears, search for and select Turnitn LTI.Screenshot showing the Turnitin LTI option
  1. Check "Load This Tool In A New Tab" (The Plagiarism Framework option will no longer be visible in the assignment settings)
    Screenshot showing the LTI choice and checkbox to Load in New Tab
  2. Click Save (wait to publish)
  3. Open the assignment and click “Load [assignment name] in a new window."
  4. Click on the Setting icon to complete the Turnitin settings
    Screenshot showing settings icon
  5. See Turnitin instructions for Basic Assignment Settings and Optional Settings
Turnitin Assignment settings window

For an LTI Instructors guide index, please see this resource: Canvas LTI - Instructor Categories (

Interpreting the Similarity Report
For more tutorials on using the Originality Checker, see the Turnitin Canvas LTI Instructor Support page

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KeywordsTurnitin, Assignment, LTI, Originality Checker, Canvas, plagiarism   Doc ID77546
OwnerBeth A.GroupUW Platteville
Created2017-10-23 14:49:43Updated2023-06-14 09:06:37
SitesUW Platteville
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