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How do I upload a student submission for an assignment?

I have created an assignment with Turnitin on Canvas and have a couple students, who weren't able to upload their documents. They have emailed me their papers and I am not trying to figure out how I can upload it so it can join the other submissions.

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Community Coach
Community Coach

Hello  @elpersley ...

If you have the Turnitin LTI integrated with your school's Canvas environment, as far as I know, you cannot submit work on behalf of your students via the integration.  However, you should be able to log in to the Turnitin website ( @dhulsey ‌, is this still true?) to submit the student's paper so that Turnitin can check it for plagiarism.

In searching through the Canvas Community website, I found this Feature Idea which was archived: Canvas and Turnitin, but stefaniesanders provided some links in the comments that may be of help to you.  Also, you can check out Dallas' blog called for a lot more information and conversation.

I hope this is helpful to you, Erin.

Community Champion

Hey,  @chofer ‌! As far as I know, it is still true. Another path  @elpersley ‌ would be to diagnose the problems the students are having so that they can submit the paper themselves.

I can also report that submitting on behalf of a student via the Turnitin LTI integration should be coming "soon" according to a recent Turnitin webinar. Smiley Happy 

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We currently have the LTI integration. While you can't submit work into the Canvas flow, here are the steps we provide faculty to get the student paper analyzed:

  • First, in your course, create a Turnitin assignment using the External tool method (or use a current Turnitin assignment).  This creates a link between your <school> account and
  • Select 'Log in' from the page (upper right corner)
  • Click 'Reset Password' and follow the instructions, including entering your email password
  • Return to and login
  • Select an 'Active' Class (e.g. your Sandbox if that is where you created the Turnitin assignment).
  • Click an assignment's "View" button to view the assignment inbox and any submissions that have been made to the assignment.
  • Make manual submissions by clicking on the "Submit" option in the assignment's "More actions" menu.
Community Coach
Community Coach

 @elpersley ,

Were you able to find an answer to your question? I am going to go ahead and mark this question as answered because there hasn't been any more activity in a while so I assume that you have the information that you need. If you still have a question about this or if you have information that you would like to share with the community, by all means, please do come back and leave a comment.  Also, if this question has been answered by one of the previous replies, please feel free to mark that answer as correct.