Instructors access turnitin services from within Canvas, not at directly.
  1. Inside Canvas, go into a course (or create a blank one) and create an Assignment and give it a name (such as "Essay1"). Click "more options" and then "advanced options".
  2. In the Submission Type, choose External Tool
  3. Click the Find button
  4. In the Configure External Tool box, find the Turnitin LTI item
  5. Configure the rest of the Assignment, and submit.
  6. Provide a link to the Assignment you created from Modules or Pages, or simply leave the Assignments tool visible to students.
  7. Students click the Assignment link and upload the file when prompted. It will automatically go through plagiarism checking, though it may take some time.
  8. In the speedgrader of Canvas, look to the top-right corner to find a turnitin score.
  9. Click the score and Agree to the Terms on the next page.
  10. The student paper will load, with color-coded passages that match online results displayed on the side.
  11. Remember, Turnitin does not identify plagiarism for the instructor; it only identifies matches to text strings in its database of student essays, web search, and publications. The instructor must interpret the results to determine proper or improper citations.

Note: faculty members wishing to run essays, theses, or dissertations through the service themselves may wish to create a blank Canvas course, create the assignment per the directions above, then switch to the Student View (under Settings) to upload the file themselves.

Three hints to make sure submissions are accepted:

  1. Use Word .doc rather than .docx for submissions
  2. Only text (no images) should be submitted
  3. Longer files such as dissertations should be kept under 400 pages, reducing font size if needed.