Using Turnitin's Plagiarism Review with a Canvas Assignment

  1. Create an assignment normally per the instructions here
  2. Change the submission type to Online (See Fig. 1).
  3. Select Text Entry or File Uploads (See Fig. 1). This will add a Plagiarism Review section to the Assignment Editing page. 
  4. In the Plagiarism Review section, select Turnitin (See Fig. 1).
  5. Decide if you wish to show originality reports to students and when. Choices are: Never, After the Due Date, After the Assignment is Graded and Immediately
  6. Finish filling in the other Canvas Assignment settings (see below for recommendations).  
  7. Select Save & Publish.
    Screenshot of Plagiarism Review Settings
    Figure 1: Turnitin assignment settings

Missouri Online recommends the following Turnitin settings:

Store submissions in:

  • Choose Do not store the submitted papers for draft writing assignments.
  • Choose Institution Paper Repository for final drafts or papers without multiple drafts.

This setting is useful in classes where multiple drafts are graded separately.

Compare submissions against:

  • ✓ Student repository — papers collected by Turnitin globally.
  • ✓ Institutional repository — papers collected in the UM System (no MU content is stored globally)
  • ✓ Website content — open webpages (but not pages behind paywalls).
  • ✓ Periodicals, journals and publications — many journal periodical databases and books.

These settings control the sources used for similarity checking. Turning any of them off will lessen the value of the report. 

Similarity Report:

These are filters used to fine tune reports. With the exception of Translated Matching, you can turn them on or off in individual reports.

Save as default settings:

Check this box if you wish to reuse these settings for future assignments. 


Modified on: Sat, Jan 14, 2023 at 3:53 PM

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