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Quick Tip #6
Set Up a Turnitin Assignment
Turnitin is a plagiarism detection tool that is embedded within Canvas. By applying Turnitin to a Canvas assignment, you can check the originality of student work against the expansive Turnitin database. Turnitin can be used for both group and individual assignments and is a great way to prevent, as well as detect plagiarism within student writing. Turnitin can also be used as a formative tool to help students learn appropriate citation practices.
To set up a Turnitin assignment:
- Select the “Assignments” link in your course.
- Select “+Assignment.”
- Provide an assignment description in the content area.
- A Point value for the assignment.
- The Assignment Group for the submission.
- The Submission Type as an “Online” submission.
- Select “File Uploads” or “Text Entry” – these are the only two options with which Turnitin will work.
- Select “Turnitin” from the Plagiarism Review dropdown menu.
- Review and adjust the Turnitin submission settings to include the repository to check student work against: (e.g. Student repository of assignments; Website content; and/or Periodicals, journals and publications). If you are going to have students submit multiple drafts, it’s recommended that you choose not to store student submissions.
- Choose "Similarity Report" preferences.
- Select “Show report to students” at a specified time (Immediately, After the assignment is graded, After the due date, or Never).
- Select if the assignment is a Group Assignment and associate the Group Set.
- Select “Require Peer Reviews,” if required.
- Assign to everyone or select student(s). Then enter:
- Due: when the assignment is due.
- Available from: when the assignment is available to students to submit.
- Until: the time until which students can submit their assignment (this may be past the due date but will be marked late).
- Select “Save & Publish” to publish the assignment.