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Turnitin is web-based plagiarism detection software. Turnitin can be used as a plagiarism deterrent, but also as an educational tool to teach students how to work with sources and to improve paraphrasing and quoting skills. The integration of Turnitin into the Assignments tool of Canvas allows students to submit written work to both their instructors and Turnitin at the same time.

In order to use TurnItIn, you must have an assignment within Canvas, even if you don't intend to have it be a graded assignment.

Create a Turnitin Assignment

As an instructor, you can enable Turnitin as part of a new Canvas assignment. Turnitin is enabled on a per-assignment basis in Canvas. Turnitin uses your user role for authentication and uses your Canvas account to create and manage assignments.

The Canvas student view role will not allow you to preview your TurnItIn assignments because it only exists within Canvas.
  1. In course Navigation, click the Assignment link.
  2. Click the Add Assignment (plus sign) button or select an existing assignment that you want to set up Turnitin ( It is only possible when no submission has been made).
  3. Click "Edit" on the top right corner of the assignment.
  4. In the Submission Type drop-down menu, select the External Tool option.
  5. Click the Find button.
    find Turnitin in the external tool finder
  6. Click the Turnitin tool.
  7. Click the Select Button.
    1.  If you want to load Turnitin in a new tab, click the Load This Tool In A New Tab checkbox.
  8. You will also need to Setup your TurnItIn Settings on the assignment, unless you've used TurnItIn before and have previously setup your default settings.



  1. If you set an Until date for the assignment, students will not be able to access the LTI tool to view their feedback after this date.
  2. Depending on your LTI configuration, dates created in the assignment may be passed back to Turnitin. Be sure to confirm your dates in the assignment Turnitin settings.
  3. Differentiated Due Dates do not sync with Turnitin, so an assignment can only have one set of due dates.