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Turnitin External Tool

This option is available when "External Tool" is selected as the assignment submission type in Canvas. It should be utilized when an instructor would like to generate Originality Reports in addition to using Turnitin tools for feedback and grading; such as Turnitin QuickMarks and Rubrics, Turnitin PeerMark, and ETS eRater. 
Note: This option does not NOT support group assignment submissions. Turnitin Feedback Studio or Canvas SpeedGrader can be used to enter grades and provide inline comments.




How to create a Turnitin External Tool assignment?

How to create a Turnitin Assignment

  1. Access your course site in Canvas

  2. Click on Assignments
    Click on Assignments in your course

  3. Click on +Assignment

  4. Enter Assignment Name [1], Instructions [2], Points [3], Select the Assignment Group [4], Select the Grading Type from the Display Grade as [5]

  5. Set Submission Type to External Tool 

  6. Click on Find 

  7. In the pop-up window, scroll down the list and click on Turnitin External Tool [1], and then click on Select [2] 

  8. Scroll down to the Assign box, and click on Assign to and select Everyone (or the applicable course sections, groups, and/or students) [1],  set a Due Date [2], and optional Available from/Until Date [3]

    Note: 
    Setting an Until Date will restrict students from accessing the assignment and viewing inline comments.   

  9. Click on Save or Save and Publish

How to access and read Originality Reports?


  1. Access your course site in Canvas
  2. Click on Assignments
  3. Locate the Turnitin assignment and click on the name to open
  4. The Turnitin Assignment Inbox displays   
  5. To open a student's Originality Report, click on the score from the % column, next to the corresponding color

  6. The Turnitin Feedback Studio will load and display the student's Originality Report

How to provide feedback using Turnitin Feedback Studio?


How to allow late submissions?

  1. Access your course site in Canvas
  2. Click on Assignments
  3. Locate the Turnitin assignment and click on the name to open 
  4. From the Turnitin Assignment Inbox, click on the gear or Settings icon

    Note: If you do NOT see the Settings gear icon, click on the "three-line icon" to reveal the Settings gear icon

  5. Click on Optional Settings

  6. Under Submissions Settings click on Allow late submissions
  7. Scroll down on the page and click Submit to save settings