Canvas Toolbox: Talented TurnItIn

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The Canvas Plagiarism Framework (CPF) has been the preferred integration for Turnitin in Canvas since 2018. This integration provides a better user experience for both students and instructors and it offers additional functionality.

We strongly encourage instructors to use the CPF integration rather than the Turnitin LTI


Turnitin may be used to check the originality of student work and to detect possible plagiarism.


Create a Turnitin-Enabled Assignment Using Canvas Plagiarism Framework

Turnitin must be enabled for a Canvas assignment before students begin uploading their submissions. This feature cannot be turned on in the assignment after the first submission.

  • To create a Turnitin-enabled assignment, go to the Assignments Index page and select +Assignment.
  • Specify the assignment name, description, due date, and points.
  • Under Submission Type, select Online Submission, and then specify Text Entry and/or File Uploads. If you select File Uploads, you may also specify which types of files students can upload. Plagiarism Review options appear when you select Text Entry or File Uploads.
The Plagiarism Review tool appears when you select "Text Entry" or "File Uploads" options.
The Plagiarism Review tool appears when you select “Text Entry” or “File Uploads” options.
  • Select Turnitin from the Plagiarism Review tool to enable originality checking for this assignment. This will open the Turnitin menu.
  • Adjust the Turnitin settings as appropriate. Default settings will store student submissions in a Penn-specific repository and will not show originality reports to students.
Teaching team members can specify whether to save student submissions in Penn's repository, what to compare student work against, what to exclude from the similarity report, and whether to show originality reports to students.
Teaching team members can specify whether to save student submissions in Penn’s repository, what to compare student work against, what to exclude from the similarity report, and whether to show originality reports to students.

From within Canvas you can view originality scores or access the full originality reports.

  • Gradebook shows a color-coded icon indicating the compatibility score similarity range. Clicking on the icon will display the similarity score and allow you to access the originality report.
  • SpeedGrader displays the similarity score next to the submission details. Clicking on the icon launches the complete report on Turnitin’s website.

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