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Turnitin - Overview [UW-Madison]

This document provides information about the originality review tool Turnitin, including tips on how to get started using the tool.
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What is Turnitin?

Turnitin is a similarity and originality review tool that lets you review student submissions and determine if they have correctly sourced and used others’ work. 

Please see DoIT's Turnitin IT Service Page for a full description of Turnitin 

Tool Functionality Details

Basic Functionality

  • Turnitin is designed for assignments built in the Canvas learning management system (LMS), particularly with Canvas Assignments which use text entry or file submission.

  • After creating a Canvas Assignment, an instructor can enable Turnitin for that assignment by selecting Turnitin from the drop down box in the “Plagiarism Review” section of that assignment’s settings.

  • After selecting Turnitin the instructor is given the option to select from a number of different settings determining where (or if) the student’s submission will be stored within a repository, what kinds of content to check the submission against, and several other related settings.

    • Papers submitted to the Standard repository will be held by Turnitin. All Turnitin customers can check student submissions against others in the standard repository.

    • Papers submitted to the Institutional repository will apply only at UW-Madison.

    • Do not store submitted papers allows instructors to compare student submissions against Turnitin’s standard repository (which includes articles, encyclopedias, and other works) without submitting their students' work to the repository.

  • Originality reports for student submissions are generated quickly after a student submits an assignment submission, typically within a few minutes. Those reports are then viewable through Turnitin feedback studio which can be accessed via Canvas Speedgrader.

  • For more details on interpreting a similarity report and other features in Turnitin Feedback

  • Studio, please refer toTurnitin’s documentation.

Advanced Functionality

  • Users can also use Turnitin via on request. This can allow users to bulk upload submissions to Turnitin if necessary. If you are interested in using Turnitin this way, pleasecontact the DoIT Help Desk to request an account.

Use Cases

Turnitin is generally used to check originality of paper submissions to Canvas courses.

Getting Started

For training information and how to get started with Turnitin, see Turnitin - Getting Started

Additional Resources


KeywordsLearn@UW, Canvas, turnitin, plagiarism, detection, originality, original, plagiarize, score, plagiarism framework, assignments, feedback studio, similarity, report, assessment 101 getting started introduction intro accessibility usability tii   Doc ID98350
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Created2020-02-28 15:10 CSTUpdated2023-02-08 12:22 CST
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