As of May 15, all Turnitin documentation will be maintained directly by Turnitin, and this document will be removed from the Canvas Guides on August 4. For assistance with Turnitin, please reference the Turnitin Canvas User Guides.
Turnitin is the leading academic plagiarism detector, utilized by teachers and students to avoid plagiarism and ensure academic integrity. Your institution may have a Turnitin account that you can use to create Turnitin assignments for your students.
Canvas uses the Turnitin LTI for assignment submissions, which allows you to manage all Turnitin content and settings within Canvas. The LTI also supports OriginalityCheck, GradeMark, and PeerMark. For more details about the Turnitin LTI tool, please see the Instructor LTI Interface Manual in the Turnitin LTI page.
Turnitin Login: In the Turnitin LTI, Canvas authenticates student, instructor, and TA roles. You do not need to create a separate Turnitin account to access Turnitin in Canvas. Turnitin's website is separate from the Turnitin LTI within Canvas. Submissions and features may vary between the tools. For example, if you choose to use the Turnitin website, you will need to use the password reset feature to create a password to the Turnitin web interface.
Student Submissions: Once you have created and published the assignment, students submit their assignments directly in Canvas. Please note that the Student View does not support Turnitin assignments as the Test Student.
Course Copies: If you copy a Turnitin assignment from another course, you will have to re-enable the External Tool Submission Type for each assignment, otherwise the assignment will not be connected to Turnitin.
Error Messages: Turnitin may occasionally generate an error message about the status of a submission. If a submission includes an error, you can view the message by hovering over the Turnitin icon. If the file failed to resubmit to Turnitin, you can download the student submission and reupload it to Turnitin. If you have questions please contact your Canvas administrator.
Note: The Turnitin LTI is responsive to the size of your browser window. Your view of the Turnitin LTI may vary from the images shown in this lesson.
Turnitin Assignments appear the same as non-Turnitin assignments in the Assignment Index Page. To distinguish between assignment types, you may want to include a modifier in the assignment name, or create the assignment in a separate assignment group.
View Turnitin Assignment
Turnitin assignments include the Assignment Inbox , where student submissions can be seen for the assignment, and a link to the Assignment Turnitin Settings .
The sidebar includes a button to view the Assignment Settings  and view the assignment in SpeedGrader .
The Turnitin LTI is responsive to the size of your browser window.
To access Turnitin options in smaller window sizes, click the Menu button.
View Assignment Inbox
In the Assignment Inbox, you can view all submissions that have been submitted by students. You can view the submission title and author , the date the submission was uploaded , and assignment submission management tools .
In the Search field , you can search for an assignment submission.
In the Download All menu , you can download a Grade Report Excel spreadsheet, submission list, original files, standard PDFs, and Grademark PDFs for all submissions.
To download files for an individual student, select the checkbox next to a student's name . In the Download Selected menu , you can view the number of students that have been selected. Click the menu and download the selected student's original file, standard PDF, or GradeMark PDF.
Manage Assignment Submission
For each assignment submission, you can grade the assignment in Turnitin  and view the Originality Report . In the Options menu, you can download the assignment submission  and delete the submission .
Deleting the submission allows the student to resubmit the assignment, even if resubmissions are not allowed.
If you allow assignment resubmissions as part of the Turnitin Settings Originality Report drop-down menu, you will see a blue Upload link . If the Upload link is gray , assignment resubmissions are either turned off in Turnitin Settings or the due date has passed, as resubmissions are only allowed until the due date. However, if an assignment is resubmitted, all marks and comments associated with the original submission will be deleted. Turnitin resubmissions may take up to 24 hours to process.
View Turnitin Settings
In the Settings menu, you can manage Turnitin settings directly in the assignment. Turnitin Settings must be created or confirmed before students can view the assignment. Learn more about Turnitin Settings.
In the sidebar, you can manage the Turnitin assignment in Canvas.
To edit settings for the assignment, click the Edit Assignment Settings button . Editing an assignment allows you to change any settings for the assignment that you set when creating the Turnitin assignment. Editing the assignment also allows you to publish the assignment to students.
To view or grade the submission in SpeedGrader, click the SpeedGrader button .
Note: You can also publish the assignment in the Assignments Index page by clicking the publish icon next to the assignment.