What is Turnitin?

Turnitin is a widely recognized plagiarism detection tool used by educational institutions to ensure academic integrity. It operates by comparing submitted papers against an extensive database of academic content, including web pages, student papers, and scholarly articles. The tool generates a similarity report highlighting portions of the text that match existing sources, allowing instructors to identify potential instances of plagiarism. Turnitin's integration with learning management systems (LMS) like Canvas makes it an essential resource for maintaining rigorous academic standards in both traditional and online classrooms. Turnitin also includes an AI writing detection tool which has been available at the SDCCD since 2023.


Who Can use it?

Instructors and faculty can leverage Turnitin in their online classes to promote original work and provide formative feedback. By requiring students to submit their assignments through Turnitin, instructors can easily monitor the authenticity of student work and address issues of academic dishonesty promptly. The similarity reports generated by Turnitin help educators guide students in proper citation practices and reinforce the importance of original research. Additionally, Turnitin's grading tools enable instructors to annotate and comment on assignments directly within the platform, streamlining the assessment process and enhancing the overall learning experience for students.


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Getting Started with Turnitin
  1. Access Canvas: Log in to your Canvas account and navigate to the course where you want to use Turnitin.
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  2. Create an Assignment:
    • Go to the "Assignments" section in your course.
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    • Click on the "+ Assignment" button to create a new assignment.
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  3. Assignment Details:
    • Enter the assignment name, description, and other necessary details.
    • In the "Submission Type" section, select "Online" and then choose "File Uploads" as the submission method.
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  4. Enable Turnitin:
    • Scroll down to the "Plagiarism Review" section.
    • From the dropdown menu, select "Turnitin."
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  5. Configure Turnitin Settings:
    • You can customize the Turnitin settings according to your preferences. Options include enabling similarity reports, excluding certain types of content (like bibliographies or quoted material), and setting a due date for submissions.
    • You can also decide whether students can see the similarity reports generated by Turnitin.
  6. Save and Publish:
    • Once you've configured all the settings, click on "Save" or "Save & Publish" to make the assignment available to your students.
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  7. Review Submissions:
    • As students submit their assignments, Turnitin will automatically generate similarity reports.
    • You can access these reports through the "Grades" section in Canvas or directly from the assignment submission page.
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By following these steps, you can seamlessly integrate Turnitin into your Canvas assignments, helping to maintain academic integrity and provide valuable feedback to your students on their use of sources and citation practices.