How to Use Turnitin in Canvas

Turnitin is a tool to help students avoid plagiarism and improper citation. Instructors can enable Plagiarism and Citation checking by simply choosing Turnitin from the Plagiarism Review dropdown box while configuring the Canvas assignment. Students submit their paper as a normal Canvas Assignment and access the Turnitin Similarity report within Canvas.All normal Canvas assignment features, such as Rubrics, Group and Peer Reviews, multiple dues dates and submissions are available with the Turnitin assignment.


  • New! AI Detection now available in Turnitin! See the AI Detection in Writing Guide for more details

  • ETS e-rater, the Turnitin Automated Grammar checking tool, can also be enabled directly in the Canvas assignment.

Instructor Resources


Here are a few documents from the Instructor Guide that may help you setup the Turnitin Assignment as well as navigate and manipulate the generated similarity report once students submit their work . Click here for the Full Turnitin Instructor Guide

Assignment  Setting options Explained Working with a generated Similarity Report
Store submissions in... Interpreting the Similarity Report
Compare submission against... Viewing similarity matches
Customizing the Similarity Report Viewing sources
Setting Similarity Report availability Generating a new Similarity Report

Student Resources

If your instructor has enabled your Canvas Assignment to be evaluated in Turnitin, you will just submit your assignment as usual. The Similarity report will be generated automatically.

More Student Resources from the Full Student Guide...