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

Select this link to list all Turnitin documents from the Learn@UW-Madison Knowledgebase at the bottom of this page.


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. Turnitin is often referred to as a plagiarism detection tool, however it is more accurate to say that Turnitin can help instructors identify instances and evidence of plagiarism by identifying content which has not been authored directly by the student.

At UW-Madison we use the Turnitin Canvas Plagiarism Framework integration. This integration allows submission to Canvas assignments to automatically be submitted to Turnitin for review in the Turnitin Feedback Studio. These submissions are checked against materials in Turnitin’s repository of documents made up from the web, articles, student submission, and other sources. Instructors can also request an account to submit their students’ work directly via

Getting Started

If you are affiliated with UW-Madison and would like to use Turnitin, you can learn how to set up your assignments in Canvas to work with turnitin by following the instructions in Turnitin - Getting Started with Turnitin at UW-Madison 

Turnitin Resources

If you'd like to request a consultation about Turnitin, please contact the DoIT Help Desk and request a consultation with the Learn@UW-Madison team. There are also several self-help resources you can utilize:

Canvas Tech Modules

These modules, developed by DoIT Academic Technology's Learn@UW-Madison team, are designed to help instructors introduce centrally supported learning technologies to their students. For more information, see Canvas - Student Tech Modules in Canvas Commons

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