Turnitin has its own grading, peer review, and rubric system, but they do not integrate with Canvas, so Online Teaching and Learning does not provide support for those features. If you choose to use the features provided by Turnitin, please refer to Turnitin's support services.

To view Turnitin tutorials in the Instructure Support Wiki, select this link

For those of you who use Turnitin GradeMark and have developed QuickMark comments, these can be imported into your Canvas course. The following link will take you to the tutorial in Turnitin Help Center.

If you need any further help with Turnitin, please contact Online Teaching and Learning by emailing canvas@suu.edu or call (435)865-8555

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Note: For instructions on how to set up Turnitin see [Faculty] How to enable Turnitin.

Interpreting the Originality Report

You have finished making a Turnitin assignment, and now your students have submitted their assignments. Now you need to view their Turnitin results.

To open the originality report, open the assignment and select the similarity percentage of the first assignment.

Screenshot of the similarity percentage.

Grade the Submission
  1. Type a score into the text box at the top to grade the assignment.

  2. Select the checkmark button to view the QuickMarks. Drag and drop the marks onto the paper for quick grading.

  3. Select the pencil button to add a voice or text comment.

  4. Select the square button to use the rubric.

Screenshots of the grading panes.


If you chose to use a rubric create one on Canvas with your assignment, however, the rubric will not be compatible with Turnitin and you will not be able to access it here.

Note: Look at the Accessing Assignment Rubric tutorial to see where students will find the rubric. https://help.suu.edu/article/1481/student-accessing-assignment-rubric

Managing the Match Overview
  1. Select the number button to view a list of matching sources. The number represents the similarity percentage for the assignment.

  2. Select the arrow on the right side of a match to view the match breakdown.

  3. The match breakdown shows the sources for the original match.

  4. You will see a box appear when you select a match showing where the match is located in the paper.

  5. Select Exclude Sources to remove specific sources from the match overview.

Screenshot of the Match Breakdown.

View All Sources
  1. Select the list button to view all sources and their respective similarity scores.

  2. Select the source to view its location in the paper.

  3. Select the button in the top right corner of the pop-up box to view the full source text in the pane on the right.

Screenshot of the sources list.

Filter Sources
  1. Select the funnel button to view the Filters and Settings pane.

  2. Set the criteria you want to exclude from the similarity score.

  3. Select Apply Changes (removes sources from the sources list but doesn't change the similarity percentage) or New Report (removes sources and changes the similarity percentage).

Screenshot of the filter menu.

Restore Excluded Sources
  1. Select the circle button to view excluded sources.

  2. Select the sources you want to restore to the sources list.

  3. Select Restore.

  4. Select Restore All to restore all sources at once.

Screenshot of the excluded sources pane.

Download Reports
  1. Select the download button to open the Download menu.

  2. Select Current View to download the submission and a match overview.

  3. Select Digital Receipt to download a one-page overview of the submission and report.

  4. Select Originally Submitted to download the original file the student uploaded.

Screenshot of the Download menu.

View Information

Select the information button to view additional details about the submission.

Screenshot of the information window.

Other Features
  1. Use the arrows and dropdown menu to navigate between students.

  2. Select the question mark in the top right corner to access tutorials created by Turnitin.

  3. Select the tab in the top left corner to view thumbnails of each page and navigate between them.

  4. Use the magnifying tools in the bottom right corner to zoom in and out.

Screenshot of the other features.

Turnitin uses certain colors to represent similarity percentages.

Blue: 0% (a valid result)

Green: 1-24%

Yellow: 25-49%

Orange: 50-74%

Red: 75-100%

Example: If you get an orange 52% similarity percentage, that means that 52% of your paper is exactly the same as other sources found by Turnitin.

Instructor View (SpeedGrader):

Screenshot of the speech bubble icon.

Student View (Submission Details):

Screenshot of the speech bubble icon.

This tutorial will show you how to enable Turnitin for an assignment. Turnitin is a program that compares your students' submissions to information on the internet and other papers that have been submitted to Turnitin.

Step 1

Open the course in which you are enabling Turnitin and create a new assignment or open a pre-existing one. Select the Edit button.

picture of the assignment you are using Turnitin for.

Step 2

Scroll down to the Submission Type dropdown menu. Select External Tool.

Picture showing where to find the submission type drop down

Step 3

Select the Find button.

Find button on external tool

Step 4

Scroll down and select Turnitin LTI API. Then select the blue Select button.

Turnitin in dropdown of external tool

Step 5

Customize the other settings of the assignment as applicable to this particular assignment. Then select the blue Save button at the bottom of the page.

Save Button

Once you save the assignment, you will be taken to the Turnitin Assignment Inbox. If none of your students have submitted their assignments yet, you will see a message telling you so. If any of your students have submitted their assignments, you will see details for each submission.

Picture showing what you will see with or without submitted assignments

Step 6

To adjust the Turnitin settings for the assignment, select the button with the three lines in the top right corner and then select Settings.

Picutre showing where to adjust Turnitin settings

Step 7

The Max Grade, Start Date, and Due Date options will reflect the settings you set in the Canvas settings for the assignment.

  1. To select a date when your feedback will be released to your students, select the calendar icon beneath Feedback Release Date.
  2. If you have any additional instructions for the assignment that you did not type in earlier, you can type them in the instructions box.
  3. To allow students to upload any type of file, select Yes under Allow submission of any file type. Select No to restrict file types to MS Word, MS PowerPoint, Postscript, PDF, RTF, HTML, WordPerfect, Hangul, and OpenOffice.
  4. Select Optional Settings to open more options.

Picture showing optional settings

Step 8

The following image shows the settings available under Optional Settings. Read through the following options and change any settings to suit your preferences. Hover your cursor over the blue question marks for more details about the option.

Make sure you consider the Allow late submissions? option. If you do not set a lock date in the Canvas settings for the assignment but the Allow late submissions? option in the Turnitin settings is set to No, your students will not be able to turn in their assignments after the due date.

Select Submit once you are finished changing the settings.

NOTE: GradeMark is the grading system used within Turnitin, and PeerMark is the peer review system. Turnitin also has its own rubric system. However, we recommend using the Canvas grading, peer review, and rubric functions instead because SUU Online can provide better support for them.

Picture showing settings

Note: For instructions on features you can use in Turnitin see the tutorial [Faculty] Turnitin Features.

Open the assignment for which Turnitin as been activated. Once your students submit their assignments, you will see the following options:

  1. Select the title of the paper to view the full Turnitin originality report.

  2. The colored box and percentage indicate the similarity score for the assignment. Select the colored box to view the full originality report. A clock icon means that the originality score is still loading and not available yet.

  3. Select the arrow icon to download the submission.

  4. Select the garbage can icon to delete the submission.

  5. Select Download to download a grade report or your students' submissions.

Screenshot of the Assignment Inbox.

Interpreting the Originality Report

Make sure the Originality option is selected (red) in the top left corner. Select the word Originality to turn it on if it is not selected already.

Screenshot of the Originality button.

In the Match Overview pane, you will see the source of copied information and what percentage of the assignment was copied from that source.

Screenshot of the Match Overview pane.

Select the source to see where the information from that course is in the assignment.

Screenshot of the highlighted text.

  1. Select the colored number on the assignment to open a pop-up box that gives more information about the source.

  2. Select the title of the source to open the source in a new tab in your browser. If the source is from another student paper, you will be given an option to request to view the paper from the instructor to whom the paper was submitted.

  3. Select Full Source View in the top right corner of the pop-up to view the entire source in the pane on the right

Screenshot of the pop-up window.

Use the buttons in the top right corner of the Match Overview pane to toggle between the Match Overview pane and the All Sources pane.

Screenshot of the toggle buttons.

To view the match breakdown details for a source, select the arrow that appears when you hover your cursor over the source in the Match Overview pane.

Screenshot of the arrow.

To remove some of the sources from the match breakdown, select Exclude Sources at the bottom of the pane. Select the sources you do NOT want the paper to be compared to and then select Exclude.

Screenshot of the match breakdown pane.

To restore the sources you excluded

  1. Select the circle icon at the bottom of the pane

  2. Select the boxes next to the sources you want to restore

  3. Select Restore.

Screenshot of excluding sources.

To filter the type of information that is compared to other sources

  1. Select the funnel icon at the bottom of the pane on the right

  2. Select/deselect the applicable options

  3. Select Apply Changes.

Select New Report to compare your student's submission to the internet and other students' papers again. You may have to wait several minutes before a new report is available.

Screenshot of the filtering pane.

Use the buttons in the bottom left corner to

  1. View more details about the submitted assignment

  2. Get the code to use the Turnitin app

  3. Download the document

Screenshot of the buttons in the bottom left corner.

Select the dropdown menu at the top of the window to switch between other papers submitted by the student.

Screenshot of the drop-down menu.

Select the arrows in the top right corner to switch between students. Select Paper 1 of 2 to open the drop-down menu to select a specific student.

Screenshot of the arrow buttons.

Select the Assignments tool and then select the blue + Assignment button in the top right corner.

Screenshot of the Assignments tool.


Screenshot of the +Assignment button.

Step 2

Customize the title, description, points, assignment group, and method of displaying the grade.

Screenshot of creating the assignment.

Step 3

Select the Submission Type dropdown menu and then select Online.

Screenshot of the submission type.

Step 4

To customize the Turnitin settings, select Advanced Turnitin Settings.

Screenshot of the Advanced Turnitin Settings option.

Step 5

The following window will appear. Select the dropdown menu to select when students can see their Turnitin results. Choose the settings you want and then select Update Settings.

Screenshot of the Immediately dropdown menu.

Step 6

Change any other settings you need to adjust for the assignment and then select Save & Publish.

Screenshot of the Update Assignment button.

View Turnitin Results

To view the Turnitin results for your students' assignments, open the assignment and then select SpeedGrader in the top right corner.

Screenshot of the SpeedGrader option.


Select the Turnitin icon in the top right corner. The icon displays the similarity percentage.

Screenshot of the similarity percentage.


*NOTE: You may have to wait several minutes for the originality report to be generated. When you first look at the assignment, you won't see an icon at all, but after a few minutes a clock icon will appear. After you wait a few more minutes, the clock icon will be replaced with the similarity percentage icon.

Screenshot of the clock icon.


The similarity percentage icon takes you to the Turnitin website to view the originality report. The similarity percentage is displayed in the top right corner. The highlighted in red matches text from another document. Select the number above it to view the other document. Select the title of the other document to go to its source.

Screenshot of Turnitin.

Customize Turnitin Review

At the bottom of the pane on the right side of the page you will see three different icons. Select the funnel icon to customize what is included in the originality review.

Screenshot of the Filters and Settings pane.


Once you have finished changing the settings, select Apply Changes.

Screenshot of the Apply Changes button.


To exclude certain sources from the originality report, select the circle icon next to the funnel icon at the bottom of the pane.

Screenshot of the circle icon.

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