Turnitin is an originality checking and plagiarism prevention service that checks student writing for citation mistakes or inappropriate copying. 


When studnets submit papers/documents, Turnitin compares it to text in its massive database of student work, websites, books, articles, etc.  Then you get a similarity report showing parts of the paper that may have been plagiarized.  It is up to the instructor to verify the reported plagiarism and have a conversation.  Turnitin does not guarantee plagiarism reports

How to Use

Turnitin has a host of resources on their page.

With Turnitin, Instructors Can:

  • Check similarity of submitted papers
  • Turnitin can check for basic AI use
  • Show citation issues

Guides and Tutorials

FRC recording of using Turnitin in Canvas.


Turnitin Support Page - scroll to the bottom to open a ticket.

Turnitin Video on AI checking

Tool Functionality

We recommend setting up inside Canvas (see video), but it can be used outside of canvas as well.


Link to Turnitin accessibility statement.

Usage and Account Set Up

If used inside Canvas, no account creation is needed for faculty or students.

If you need to use Turnitin outside of canvas, contact the FRC