About this Tool

Turnitin is a web-based service that indicates what part of a student’s submitted writing matches other text. Turnitin can check against material available in its repository of previously submitted papers and/or against material on the Internet, including many books, journals, and newspapers.

Turnitin is integrated into Canvas Assignments, and, if you activate it, will automatically create a report when a student submits an assignment online. Turnitin can be used in a Canvas assignment without requesting an account.

Key Features for Teaching and Learning

  • Get similarity reports. Turnitin automatically generates reports showing which parts of a student's assignment matched with which other sources.
  • Identify possible plagiarism. Turnitin helps prevent plagiarism by indicating material that may have been poorly paraphrased, improperly cited, or copied from other sources.
  • Help students take responsibility. To help your students improve their citation and paraphrasing, you can allow students to see their initial reports and make corrections.