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Turnitin in Canvas

Beginning in Spring 2013, Turnitin, the plagiarism checking tool ,has been available in Canvas. Instructions on using this tool for faculty in Canvas are posted below. For instructions for students, please see our student guide.

Turnitin's End User License Agreement (EULA)

Faculty and Instructors who use Turnitin should be aware that the product is subject to an End User License Agreement (EULA). This agreement takes the form of a “pop-up” window. You must click “I agree” in order to proceed and use the product. We want you to be informed about the agreement and what it entails. We encourage you to read the entire EULA, but have summarized a few key points below:

  • This is an agreement directly between the user (i.e., you and/or your students) and iParadigms, which licenses Turnitin. It does not involve the Libraries or the University. The Libraries have a separate licensing agreement that allows us to install and use the product.
  • iParadigms reserves the right to change this agreement at any time. In some cases, you will be required to agree to the revised EULA terms via a new “pop-up” window. In others, the terms may change without notification.
  • There is a possibility that students may object to terms of the EULA and, therefore, not press the “I agree” button that permits access to the product. In these cases contingency plans may be required.

We have provided information for students on Turnitin's End User License Agreement (EULA) on our Turnitin for Students page. Please share this link with your students through your course syllabus or as part of the information you provide with an individual assignment.

If you have and questions or would like further information, please contact the Courseware Support Team at

Turnitin Guidelines

  • Only content produced by students at the University of Pennsylvania may be processed through Turnitin. Materials produced by users outside of this group including applicants for admission to any University of Pennsylvania program or school may not be submitted through Turnitin. Materials produced by faculty or researchers at Penn should be processed via iThenticate

Creating a Turnitin Assignment in Canvas

Please note that as part of enabling Turnitin for any assignment in Canvas you will also need to select a time period when the students can view their originality reports. The default for this tool is immediately but can be set to after the assignment due date, after the assignment is graded or never.

Go to Assignments  > Add an Assignment

Give the Assignment a Name, Due Date, and Points Value. Then click on more options.

On the next screen toggle the Submission dropdown to Online Submission.

Check the boxes for “Allow File Uploads” and “Enable Turnitin Assignment Evaluations.” Then on the link for Advanced Settings under this menu, select when you want the students to be able to see their originality report, what resources you want the submissions  to be compared against and what items to exclude.

Select any other desired options and click Submit to create the assignment.

Viewing the Originality Report

Go to Assignments and click on the assignment. Then click on Speed Grader.

On the far right under Submitted Files (click to load) will be a link with the document and a % matching that is highlighted. This will open the Originality Report

A pop-up window will appear that provides a brief video tutorial you can watch if desired. You can also just click "don't show this again" and/or Close to navigate away from this window.

Then you will see the originality report on the right with any matches listed and the corresponding content highlighted in the paper on the left.

To get more information on a match, click on its URL. Then you can page through the matches and see the corresponding content in the display window.

Please note that the GradeMark and PeerMark tools that are part of the Turnitin suite are not available in Canvas but the links still display. For grading we recommend using SpeedGrader and for peer reviewing activities, Canvas' native peer reviewing tool.

Responding to Plagiarism

The University of Pennsylvania has an Office of Student Conduct that "deals with alleged instances of academic dishonesty and other student misconduct, in order to determine how best to resolve these allegations consistent with the goals and mission of the University as an educational and intellectual community." You may want to schedule a confidential consultation with the OSC before making any decisions.

The Guidelines for Faculty on Academic Integrity page provides an in-depth explanation of how to handle academic integrity issues