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Turnitin for detecting plagiarism in written work.

Turnitin integrates with Canvas, enabling students’ written work to be compared to existing online content, including the work of other students. A Similarity Report highlights text that is flagged for review.

Turnitin supports these learning types (see definitions):


Plagiarism Review

The simplest method to enable Turnitin is by selecting Plagiarism Review within Canvas Assignment settings. Students upload their documents to Canvas and Turnitin does the rest. Similarity Reports can be accessed through Canvas’ SpeedGrader.

Turnitin via Canvas’ Plagiarism Review

External Tool (LTI)

This method may be a little more complex than Plagiarism Review, but it enables Turnitin’s additional features such as marking with Feedback Studio, Peermark or QuickMark.

When creating a Canvas Assignment, enable Turnitin through External Tool – an option within the assignment settings.

Turnitin via Canvas’ External Tool
(scroll down to the heading Turnitin LTI)

Note: there are additional settings to hide the Similarity Report from students until after the assignment deadline: External Tool settings

How-to guides

Turnitin updates
(latest notices from the University of Auckland)

Frequently asked questions
(University of Auckland Knowledge Base)

Turnitin and marking – GradeMark or SpeedGrader?
(from the University of Auckland)

Turnitin guides (for instructors)

Turnitin guides (for students)

Plagiarism Review vs Turnitin as an External Tool
(a feature comparison)

What is a Similarity Report?

This helps markers determine whether work submitted by a student is original. It identifies matches to written content from Turnitin databases, which also include other student submissions.

Students upload their document to a Canvas Assignment with Turnitin enabled. This is matched against the repository to generate a similarity ‘score.’ Settings chosen at the time the assignment was created influence the type of report generated.

Instructors can choose whether or not students may view their Similarity Report. Reports generated can be downloaded and may form part of the process of investigation into academic misconduct.

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