Faculty Resources
Turnitin Canvas Guide
Instructors can use Turnitin to generate Originality Reports on student assignment submissions made through Canvas. 

Georgetown offers two Turnitin options in Canvas. Click the tool name for the specific guide.
  • Turnitin External Tool 
    • Generates Turnitin Originality Reports and spelling/grammar suggestions (if ETS e-Rater is enabled).
    • Inline comment and grading tools are available in Turnitin Feedback Studio.
    • Does not support Canvas group assignment submissions.

  • Turnitin Plagiarism Review Tool
    • Generates Turnitin Originality Reports and spelling/grammar suggestions (if ETS e-Rater is enabled).
    • Canvas SpeedGrader is used to enter inline comments and grades.
Learn more about the differences between the Turnitin External Tool and Plagiarism Review (Plagiarism Framework) Tool.

Turnitin FAQs
How do I create a Turnitin assignment for draft papers? 
OPTION 1:  Create a new Turnitin assignment in Canvas and title it "Draft of Paper 1," for example. 
 As long as the "Draft" and the "Final" Turnitin assignments are within the same course, and submitted by the same student, Turnitin will not return a match based on a previous submission of the same paper. Please read the information provided by Turnitin:
If a student submits the same paper to multiple assignments (including revision assignments) in the same class they will not match each other. This is to allow students and instructors to use the Turnitin Similarity Reports as part of a review/resubmit process without generating a "false positive".  Note:  Similar papers submitted to a different class or via different accounts will match each other, even if they are submitted to the same instructor. Also, if the instructor submits the same paper as a "non-enrolled student" to the assignment, then it will match the student's paper.
OPTION 2:  Create a new Turnitin assignment and title it "Draft of Paper 1" for example. In the Turnitin assignment settings select the "Do not store the submitted papers" option (located under "Submissions to this assignment will be stored in...").  Not saving the submitted assignment drafts in the Turnitin database will ensure that the final submissions will not return a match.

How can I make student names disappear so I can grade anonymously? 
We recommend changing these settings before student assignment submissions are made. 
    • Turnitin External Tool
    1. Access your course site in Canvas
    2. Click on Assignments
    3. Locate the Turnitin assignment and click to open 
    4. Click on the Turnitin Settings button (not the "Edit assignment settings").
    5. Click on Optional Settings.
    6. Under the Submission Settings section, click on Enable Anonymous Marking.
    7. Scroll down and click Submit.
    • Plagiarism Review Tool
    1. Access your course site in Canvas
    2. Click on Assignments
    3. Locate the Turnitin assignment and click to open
    4. Click on SpeedGrader 
    5. Use the Canvas SpeedGrader Settings to hide student names. 

    How do I use Canvas rubrics with a Turnitin External Tool assignment
    Note: The Turnitin Plagiarism Review tool is recommended when using Canvas rubrics.  
    Currently, there is not a way to add a Canvas rubric after creating a Turnitin External Tool assignment. 
    The work-around for this is to create a Canvas assignment the normal way (i.e. not selecting External Tool as the Submission Type), which will allow you to add a Canvas rubric. After the Canvas rubric is added, edit the assignment, change the Submission Type to External Tool and select Turnitin External Tool.  You can then access the Canvas rubric through the SpeedGrader when grading students. 

    Why am I getting a error message when submitting a PDF file? 
    Students will get the following error message upon submitting copy/print protected or password protected PDFs. 
    Sorry, we could not process your request.
    Your submission does not contain valid text.
    Please try again.
    Note: When a copy/print-protected or password protected PDF gets submitted into Turnitin, the protection is removed and the downloaded file can be printed. The text on the page, however, is not selectable. 

    Can I use Turnitin outside of Canvas? 

    I'm having problems accessing Turnitin, what's up? 

    Where can I find the complete Turnitin user guide for teachers?