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Turnitin, the plagiarism checking tool, is available in Canvas. Turnitin allows instructors to receive student assignments electronically and also runs an originality check as part of the submission process. These reports can be used to detect plagiarism and optionally shared with students as a teaching tool. Turnitin checks student papers against the current and archived internet, scholarly databases, a global repository of student papers, and a Penn-only repository of student papers.

Turnitin must be enabled before students submit assignments.

If students have already submitted an assignment, you will not be able to enable Turnitin retroactively and will instead need to create a separate Turnitin assignment, then have students re-submit to that assignment.

Penn supports two Turnitin integrations with Canvas: Turnitin with the Canvas Plagiarism Framework (which uses native Canvas assignments) and Turnitin LTI (which uses external tool assignments to provide access to Turnitin’s Assignment Dashboard, Feedback Studio, and PeerMark). Turnitin with the Canvas Plagiarism Framework is new as of summer 2018 and will be the preferred option for most courses. Teaching teams that have been using Turnitin LTI assignments may with to use the Turnitin Plagiarism Framework instead.

Which Turnitin Integration Should You Use?

For most courses, the new Turnitin integration using the Canvas Plagiarism Framework will be the preferred integration to use. Many teaching teams may prefer to change existing Turnitin LTI assignments to Turnitin-enabled assignments using the CPF. If you are unsure, you can learn more about the features of these integrations.

Using Turnitin Assignments

Please consult the following information on how to use Turnitin at Penn:

Turnitin Guidelines

Only content produced by students at the University of Pennsylvania may be processed through Turnitin. Materials produced by users outside of this group, including applicants for admission to any University of Pennsylvania program or school, may not be submitted through Turnitin. Materials produced by faculty or researchers at Penn should be processed via iThenticate.

Responding to Plagiarism

The University of Pennsylvania has an Office of Student Conduct that “deals with alleged instances of academic dishonesty and other student misconduct, in order to determine how best to resolve these allegations consistent with the goals and mission of the University as an educational and intellectual community.” You may want to schedule a confidential consultation with the OSC before making any decisions.

The Resources for Faculty page provides in-depth information on addressing and reporting academic integrity issues at the University of Pennsylvania.

Turnitin’s End User License Agreement (EULA)

Teaching teams and students who use Turnitin-enabled assignments should be aware that the product is subject to an End User License Agreement (EULA). We encourage you to read the entire EULA, but have summarized a few key points below:

  • This is an agreement directly between the user (i.e., you and/or your students) and iParadigms, which licenses Turnitin. It does not involve the Libraries or the University. The Libraries have a separate licensing agreement that allows us to install and use the product.
  • iParadigms reserves the right to change this agreement at any time. In some cases, you will be required to agree to the revised EULA terms. In others, the terms may change without notification.
  • There is a possibility that students may object to terms of the EULA and, therefore, not press the “I agree” button that permits access to the product. In these cases contingency plans may be required.

Depending on the Turnitin integration being used, the EULA may be presented as either a “pop-up” window when accessing the Turnitin Assignment Dashboard or a check box when submitting an assignment. You must click “I agree” in order to proceed and use the product. We want you to be informed about the agreement and what it entails.

Key points in the EULA to which students must agree are:

  • This is an agreement between iParadigms (the maker of Turnitin) and you (not your instructor or the University of Pennsylvania).
  • Section 3: Turnitin may change the nature of its services and site without prior notice to you.
  • Section 6: Once you submit a paper to Turnitin, iParadigms reserves the right to use it for providing services and improving the software’s services. This right is permanent and irrevocable. iParadigms reserves the right to use any communications (not paper submissions) you email, transmit or post through the site for its business purposes. iParadigms may not use ideas set forth in submitted papers for its own purposes. However, it may use any ideas set forth in any communications for its own purposes. These rights are permanent and irrevocable.
  • Section 8: iParadigms may terminate your access to Turnitin at its discretion and will attempt to notify you if this occurs.
  • Section 12: Please read the entirety of the privacy policy at the link posted.
  • Section 15: if you are dissatisfied with the site, your sole remedy is to stop using it.
  • Section 16: Indemnification – you may not hold iParadigms responsible for any “claims, losses, damages, deficiencies, liabilities, costs or expenses” that may arise from using Turnitin
  • Section 18, part j: iParadigms is not responsible for any third party product or information accessed via links on the Turnitin site.

Please direct any questions or concerns regarding this agreement or Turnitin to your course instructor.

If you have and questions or would like further information, please contact the Courseware Support Team at canvas@pobox.upenn.edu.