How do I manage Turnitin assignments?

This lesson shows how to manage an assignment for the Turnitin LTI. If your assignment's view varies from the steps shown in this lesson, your institution is using the Turnitin Plugin. Please contact your administrator for assistance.

Turnitin is the leading academic plagiarism detector, utilized by teachers and students to avoid plagiarism and ensure academic integrity. Your institution may have a Turnitin account that you can use to create Turnitin assignments for your students.

Canvas uses the Turnitin LTI for assignment submissions, which allows you to manage all Turnitin content and settings within Canvas. The LTI also supports OriginalityCheck, GradeMark, and PeerMark. For more details about the Turnitin LTI tool, please see the Instructor LTI Interface Manual in the Turnitin LTI page.

Turnitin Login: Canvas authenticates student and instructor roles for authentication, so you do not need to create a separate Turnitin account. However, if you choose to use the Turnitin website, you will need to use the password reset feature to create a password to the Turnitin web interface.

Student Submissions: Once you have created and published the assignment, students submit their assignments directly in Canvas. Please note that the Student View does not support Turnitin assignments as the Test Student. Learn how students submit Turnitin assignments.

Course Copies: If you copy a Turnitin assignment from another course, you will have to re-enable the External Tool Submission Type for each assignment, otherwise the assignment will not be connected to Turnitin.

Error Messages: Turnitin may occasionally generate an error message about the status of a submission. If a submission includes an error, you can view the message by hovering over the Turnitin icon. If the file failed to resubmit to Turnitin, you can download the student submission and reupload it to Turnitin. If you have questions please contact your Canvas administrator.

Open Assignments

Open Assignments

In Course Navigation, click the Assignments link.

Open Assignment

Turnitin Assignments appear the same as non-Turnitin assignments in the Assignment Index Page. To distinguish between assignment types, you may want to include a modifier in the assignment name, or create the assignment in a separate assignment group.

View Turnitin Assignment

Turnitin assignments include the Assignment Inbox [1], where student submissions can be seen for the assignment, and a link to the Assignment Turnitin Settings [2].

The sidebar includes a button to view the Assignment Settings [3] and view the assignment in SpeedGrader [4].

View Assignment Inbox

View Assignment Inbox

In the Assignment Inbox, you can view all submissions that have been submitted by students. You can view the submission title and author [1], paper ID [2], the date the submission was uploaded [3], and assignment submission management tools [4].

Manage Inbox

Manage Inbox

In the Search field [1], you can search for an assignment submission, In the Download menu [2], you can download a Grade Report Excel spreadsheet, original files for all or select papers, standard PDFs for all or select papers, and Grademark PDFs for all or select papers.

Manage Assignment Submission

Manage Assignment Submission

For each assignment submission, you can grade the assignment in Turnitin [1], view the Originality Report [2], download the assignment submission [3], and delete the submission [4].

Deleting the submission allows the student to resubmit the assignment, even if resubmissions are not allowed.

Note: If you allow assignment resubmissions as part of the Turnitin Settings Originality Report drop-down menu, you may also view an upload icon.  Resubmissions are only allowed until the due date, so once the due date has passed, the upload icon will no longer be shown as part of the management tools. However, if an assignment is resubmitted, all marks and comments associated with the original submission will be deleted. Turnitin resubmissions may take up to 24 hours to process.

View Turnitin Settings

In the Settings tab, you can manage Turnitin settings directly in the assignment. Turnitin Settings must be created or confirmed before students can view the assignment. Learn more about Turnitin Settings.

View Sidebar

View Sidebar

In the sidebar, you can manage the Turnitin assignment in Canvas.

To edit settings for the assignment, click the Edit Assignment Settings button [1]. Editing an assignment allows you to change any settings for the assignment that you set when creating the Turnitin assignment. Editing the assignment also allows you to publish the assignment to students.

To view or grade the submission in SpeedGrader, click the SpeedGrader button [2].

Note: You can also publish the assignment in the Assignments Index page by clicking the publish icon next to the assignment.