Turnitin is web-based plagiarism detection software owned by, Inc. Turnitin can be used as a deterrent, but also as an educational tool to teach students how to work with sources and to improve paraphrasing and quoting skills.

Turnitin enabled assignments in Canvas are automatically submitted to Turnitin within the Canvas interface.

Originality reports are typically available within 15-60 minutes of the submission or the due date, depending on the assignment settings.

When the reports are ready and available, report icons appear in the Canvas in Grades and in the Speedgrader (for teachers) and in Assignments (for students).


Create a Turnitin Assignment in Modules 

Convert Assignment to Turnitin 

Submitting Turnitin Assignments 

Grading a Turnitin Assignment 

Turnitin Assignment settings

Canvas and Turnitin Forum in Canvas Community – Extremely Helpful





Interpreting originality reports

Turnitin compares submissions against a wide database of Internet sources (as well as previously submitted student work and commercial databases); however, it may not scan every site on the Internet. A clean originality report does not necessarily guarantee that the submission is the student's own work.

Turnitin does not flag essays that include plagiarized ideas or concepts, nor can it detect paraphrasing that dramatically changes the wording of an original source while maintaining that source's organization.

The Turnitin originality report will not distinguish between properly and improperly cited work. Students who are quoting correctly might have reports that indicate a high level of overlap with these sources. However, while reviewing the originality report, you can exclude quoted materials and bibliographic materials.

Using the Canvas integration

For students' papers to be submitted properly, instructors must set the Turnitin options before any students have submitted their work for a given assignment. Papers submitted to Assignments before Turnitin is activated will not be submitted to Turnitin retroactively.



When an instructor intends to use the Turnitin service to review some or all of student written work, a "best practice" to promote academic integrity is to notify students about the use of Turnitin in a statement included in the course announcement. Instructors are also encouraged to remind students of the potential review of student work based on a Turnitin report or other technology when they discuss course assignments.

It is therefore recommended you post a Turnitin notice in your Course or Canvas Announcements as follows:

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Park University maintains a university license agreement for an online text matching service called Turnitin. At my discretion, I may use the Turnitin service to evaluate the originality of student papers. I may employ other services and techniques to evaluate your work for evidence of appropriate authorship practices as needed. Park University’s policies regarding Turnitin are published on at:

Instructions for students submitting to Turnitin via Canvas are located here:
(please note, begin reading the above instructions starting with “Open Assignment”).

For additional details on interpreting Turnitin results, view the Turnitin ‘Student User Manual’ here: and/or discuss the results with me.

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How Do Instructors Utilize Turnitin?

In addition to the instructions above, the Turnitin ‘Instructor User Manual’ on viewing ‘Originality Check’ is located here:

Please note Park is currently not using the ‘GradeMark digital assessment’, ‘PeerMark’ and ‘Grade book’ portions of Turnitin at this time).

Generic resources from Turnitin are also available at: The Resources section includes White Papers, Webcasts, and Research on the use of Turnitin.