Turnitin is an online plagiarism checker that can be used to detect plagiarism in student papers. Turnitin can detect plagiarism from websites, books, and other submitted student papers. It even shows you potential websites where information was copied from. Not only can Turnitin help to deter and identify plagiarism, but it can also help instructors identify students who may be struggling with paraphrasing or are using too many quotations.
The software is integrated in Canvas, and to use it, you just have to enable it for a given assignment. If you have used it before, you may have noticed there are some differences this semester. Turnitin has now become an LTI in Canvas, but don’t worry, it still has all of the same great features as before, it just operates a little differently within Canvas.
Here is a video to show you how it works!
And here are some other helpful links. Remember, if you or your students are having difficulty with a Turnitin assignment, the helpdesk is available 24hours a day at 813-974-1222 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are a couple of other things to keep in mind when using the new Turnitin LTI in Canvas. Be sure to set up all of your assignment settings in Canvas first, then enable Turnitin on the assignment. Turnitin offers a gradebook (as shown in the video), but you won’t want to, and don’t need to use it. You can use the speedgrader to grade your students assignments as usual, and you will be able to access the reports within Canvas. It has also been reported that Turnitin is not a fan of the web browser Safari, so we recommend sticking with Google Chrome or Firefox.