Turnitin Instructions: Instructors & Students

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Turnitin, the plagiarism checking tool, is available in Canvas. Turnitin allows instructors to receive student assignments electronically and also runs a plagiarism check as part of the submission process. These reports can be used to detect plagiarism and also shared with students as a teaching tool.

Turnitin checks student papers against the current and archived internet, scholarly databases, a global repository of student papers, and a Penn-only repository of student papers.

Click on a link for instructions on how to use the Turnitin LTI that was introduced to Canvas on May 17, 2016:

The Turnitin Tips and Known Issues list is an important resource for learning how to work with issues when using the new Turnitn LTI should any arise. It is highly recommended that first-time Turnitin LTI users read this list. Also, the list is updated with new information each time an issue is discovered, so it is also recommended that experienced Turnitin LTI users bookmark this list.

Important: Enable Turnitin before Students Submit Assignments

Turnitin must be enabled for a Canvas assignment before students begin uploading their submissions. If students have already submitted an assignment, you will not be able to enable Turnitin retroactively and will instead need to create a separate Turnitin assignment and then have students re-submit to that assignment. For more information, please consult the directions for creating a Turnitin assignment in Canvas.

Courseware Support would like to thank Linda Lee, Instructional Design Project Leader, Courseware Team, Wharton Computing & Instructional Technology, for creating and sharing these instructions.