About Turnitin Plagiarism Detection

Turnitin is a web-based system that allows student papers to be submitted and checked for plagiarism. The Turnitin system compares student papers with sources available on the Internet, select commercial article databases, and papers submitted at UW or other institutions using Turnitin. For every paper submitted to Turnitin, a unique customized Originality Report is generated. Each report identifies the matches that the system made, which can then be investigated.

Turnitin is now available through Canvas for instructors to set up plagiarism review on a per-assignment basis, and for students to submit assignments for review.

The University of Washington has a site license for Turnitin. Canvas instructors can set Assignments that are submitted online to be submitted for a Turnitin check. When submitting such assignments, students will see a note that the assignment will be checked for plagiarism. When the review is complete, instructors receive the unique Originality Report.

Canvas instructors can quickly and easily set up Turnitin when creating an assignment in Canvas. For step-by-step instructions on using Turnitin in Canvas, see How do I enable Turnitin for an Assignment?

For step-by step instructions on submitting a Turnitin Assignment, point students to How do I submit a Turnitin Assignment?

Last modified: December 26, 2013