Technology

Turnitin

Instructors access turnitin services from within Canvas, not at turnitin.com 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.

Avoiding multiple submission errors in turnitin

When a student makes a submission for a particular assignment that has Turnitin checked on, an originality report is generated. When the report is ready, you will see a symbol next to the student's grade for that particular assignment in the Canvas Gradebook (and in the Speedgrading screen). If a student happens to resubmit the same document after the originality reported has been generated, Turnitin may compare the new submission to the older one in the data base and consider it plagiarism.

To avoid this error, Click on the report icon to go to the Document Viewer results.
There is a right panel that says "Match Overview", along with 2 icons – one has 2 big rectangles, and the other is 4 smaller rectangles. Click on the 4 smaller rectangles icons and it will list all sources.

At the bottom of that panel, "Exclude Sources" should show up. Press that button and then check off the ones that are clearly the result of the previously submitted document. Click Exclude and it will recalculate the percentage.Avoid multiple submission