Student Guide – How to use to Turnitin in Canvas

A Central University Turnitin Account has been created for Turnitin assignments created and submitted through Canvas. This allows classes, assignments and both staff and student users accounts to be created automatically in Turnitin without the need for any additional effort required by teaching/support staff. The integration also allows staff and students to create, submit and grade assignments as well as viewing plagiarism reports, grades and feedback without ever having to leave Canvas or login to Turnitin.

**NOTE – DO NOT LOGIN DIRECTLY TO TURNITIN TO SUBMIT – THIS MAY MEAN THAT YOUR ASSIGNMENT IS NOT ABLE TO BE GRADED**

Submitting Assignment

Assignments should be submitted through Canvas using a desktop or laptop computer and not the Canvas Student App or mobile browsers due to limited functionality in these platforms. It is recommended that these platforms are not used to access Turnitin Assignments in Canvas due to this limited functionality.

To submit a Turnitin Assignment in Canvas go to the assignment in Canvas where a Turnitin Assignment Dashboard will display (See Fig.1). From the Turnitin Assignment Dashboard, select Upload Submission to make a submission to the assignment.

Figure 1 - Turnitin Assignment Dashboard
Figure 1 – Turnitin Assignment Dashboard

If the Upload Submission button is unavailable, you may be attempting to submit before the start date or after the due date. Click the Summary tab to check your assignment’s key dates and any additional settings that may be affecting your submission.

Note: Turnitin does not allow resubmissions to be made once the assignment due date has been reached i.e. if you have already made a submission, you will not be able to make another submission after the due date has passed.

There are 3 options  in which you can submit you assignment:

  • Upload Submission – directly load a file from your device.
  • Text Input – direct input of text only.
  • Cloud Submission – directly load a file from Google Drive and Dropbox. OneDrive option also displays and you can use your University O365 OneDrive to submit an assignment to Turnitin in Canvas.

Once you have chosen or input your submission select Upload and Review (See Fig. 2). to proceed to the review stage. Alternatively, click Cancel to locate a different file.

Figure 2 - Turnitin Assignment - Submit File
Figure 2 – Turnitin Assignment – Submit File

Review your upload, then click Submit to Turnitin to submit (See Fig. 3). Alternatively, click Cancel Submission if you need to make any changes.

Figure 3 -Turnitin Assignment - Review Submission
Figure 3 -Turnitin Assignment – Review Submission

Note: If resubmissions are not enabled for this assignment, you may not be able to resolve any incorrect submissions.

You will see a submission complete notice if your submission was successful (See Fig.4). Please do not leave the submission process until you have seen this notice.

Figure 4 - Turnitin Assignment - Submission Confirmation
Figure 4 – Turnitin Assignment – Submission Confirmation

After submission, you may download a pdf copy of your digital receipt for your records in the Assignment Dashboard by selecting the document icon (See Figs. 5 & 6).

Figure 5 - Turnitin Assignment - Download Digital Receipt
Figure 5 – Turnitin Assignment – Download Digital Receipt
Figure 6 - Turnitin Assignment - Document Icon
Figure 6 – Turnitin Assignment – Document Icon

To view your Similarity Report, click on your similarity score from the % column of the assignment dashboard (See Fig.7). You can read more about Similarity Reports, what they mean and how to interpret them on the Turnitin website 

Figure 7 - Turnitin Assignment - View Similarity Report
Figure 7 – Turnitin Assignment – View Similarity Report

Note: If your similarity score is unavailable, this may be a result of the assignment settings implemented by your instructor. Please contact your instructor if you think you should be able to see your score.

Also, if you have resubmitted your paper, you must wait 24 hours for your Similarity Report to be regenerated.

Viewing Grades & Feedback given in Turnitin

You can view your grade in Canvas as you would normally for all assignments. If your instructor has provided feedback in using the Turnitin Grading Tools you will need to go to your assignments tab in Canvas and select the assignment you wish to view feedback on, which will display the Turnitin Assignment Inbox (See Fig. 8) To view your instructor feedback, click on your numeric grade from the Grade column of the assignment dashboard.  This will open the document viewer.

Note: If your grade is unavailable, the feedback release date may not have passed. You can check this date by clicking on the Summary tab.

Figure 8 - Turnitin Assignment - Viewing Grades and Feedback
Figure 8 – Turnitin Assignment – Viewing Grades and Feedback

 

A series of comprehensive guides are available for students on the Turnitin website. These guides give detailed guidance on how to use the Canvas Turnitin LTI integration.

screenshot of help guides for Turnitin in Canvas for Students

To facilitate upgrades and perform system maintenance Turnitin will occasionally be taken offline, you can view the system status and both scheduled and unplanned downtime on the Turnitin Status Page.

 

Screenshot of Turnitin Status page

**Note – If you are experiencing issues with the Turnitin in Canvas It is critical that these issues ware reported immediately through the Help Menu in Canvas – the sooner issues are reported the sooner they can be investigated and ultimately resolved.**