Turnitin for Students
Turnitin, the plagiarism checking tool, is available in Canvas. Instructions on using this tool for students are posted below. For instructions for faculty, please see our instructor guide for Canvas.
For faculty, researchers, graduate students, and undergraduate students engaged in high level research who are interested in checking their own materials for plagiarism, we have also licensed iThenticate. This tool is the scholarly/publishing version of Turnitin. For more information on this tool, please see our documentation: iThenticate
Turnitin for Students
A class you are taking may utilize Turnitin plagiarism detection software. This software requires you to agree to Turnitin’s End User License Agreement (EULA) before you are permitted to use the software. The EULA takes the form of a pop-up window - you must click on the “agree” button to proceed. Below, we've noted a few of the key points in the EULA, but we strongly urge you to read the entire EULA carefully before proceeding, as the summary points below are the Libraries' interpretation of parts of the EULA and are not meant to be a substitute for a thorough reading of the EULA itself. Therefore, the Libraries cannot be held responsible for any varying interpretations of the EULA, either on our part or yours. It is important to note that many of the points articulated in the EULA are common to such agreements. Some of the key points are:
- This is an agreement between iParadigms (the maker of Turnitin) and you (not your instructor or the University of Pennsylvania).
- Section 3: Turnitin may change the nature of its services and site without prior notice to you.
- Section 6: Once you submit a paper to Turnitin, iParadigms reserves the right to use it for providing services and improving the software’s services. This right is permanent and irrevocable. iParadigms reserves the right to use any communications (not paper submissions) you email, transmit or post through the site for its business purposes. iParadigms may not use ideas set forth in submitted papers for its own purposes. However, it may use any ideas set forth in any communications for its own purposes. These rights are permanent and irrevocable.
- Section 8: iParadigms may terminate your access to Turnitin at its discretion and will attempt to notify you if this occurs.
- Section 15: if you are dissatisfied with the site, your sole remedy is to stop using it.
- Section 16: Indemnification – you may not hold iParadigms responsible for any “claims, losses, damages, deficiencies, liabilities, costs or expenses” that may arise from using Turnitin.
- Section 18, part j: iParadigms is not responsible for any third party product or information accessed via links on the Turnitin site.
The process of completing a Turnitin enabled assignment in Canvas is the same as a regular Canvas assignment except you must agree to the license agreement for Turnitin and confirm you are submitting your own work by checking a box. Please direct any questions or concerns regarding this agreement or Turnitin to your course instructor.