Updated 8/5/2019

Creating Turnitin-Enabled Canvas Assignments


The Turnitin Canvas Plagiarism Framework (CPF) tool is used to check the originality of student work and to detect possible plagiarism. This new version of Turnitin, made available in Canvas in 2018, streamlines the setup and submission process for Turnitin assignments from within your Canvas assignment.

Note: Turnitin cannot be used with quizzes or discussions.

Enabling Turnitin in a Canvas Assignment

  1. Create a new Canvas Assignment and customize the settings.
  2. Change the Submission Type to Online to add the Canvas Plagiarism Framework, select File Uploads and select Turnitin from the Plagiarism Review dropdown.

  1. Customize the Turnitin settings. To learn more about each setting, see Turnitin’s Settings.

  1. Amend the assignment dates. Note: If you use multiple due dates, create an additional due date option with ‘Everyone else’ selected. This will be the due date used for collusion checking.
  2. Select Save & Publish to publish the assignment or Save to save the assignment without publishing.

Tip: It is recommended to allow students to see the originality report immediately upon submission and allow for multiple submissions to give the student an opportunity to address anything that comes up in the Similarity Report.

The Similarity Report

Turnitin doesn’t check for plagiarism per se, but instead check’s a student’s work against their database to see if there are instances where a student’s writing is similar to, or matches against, one of their sources. If a match is detected, it will be flagged for you to review. To access the Similarity Report:

  1. Select SpeedGrader from the right-hand side of the assignment.
  2. To view the submission’s Similarity Report in the Turnitin Feedback Studio, click on the similarity percentage (in the example below, this is an orange 72%).

NOTE: It is not necessarily cause for concern if a student’s assignment matches something in a Turnitin database (e.g. if a student used a quote, a match may be found).

The similarity score brings to your attention potential problem areas by providing a summary of matching or highly similar text found in a submission. For help accessing, interpreting, or refining the Similarity Report, see The Similarity Report.

For advanced features or help with Turnitin’s Canvas Plagiarism Framework, see the Canvas Plagiarism Framework for Teachers help guide.

For help with your Turnitin-enabled Canvas assignment, email ctlt@su.edu.