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Printable, full instructions for using Turnitin

Turnitin can be added directly to a Canvas course using the Assignment tool.¬† When Turnitin is added to Canvas, students’ Turnitin accounts are automatically created.¬†Students submit their documents through the Turnitin assignment in their Canvas course.


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Submission type, External Tool highlighted

  • Click the Assignment link on the Canvas course menu.
  • Click to +Assignment
  • Name the assignment
  • Scroll to Submission type to select External Tool

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Turnitin highlighted in the list of options

  • Choose from the list of options Turnitin
  • Click to Select
  • Continue the routine setup of the assignment
  • You must click Save and Publish in order to see the Turnitin Assignment.

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To setup the options of the Turnitin assignment, you must click to access the assignment.Edit Assignment Setting highligted in the upper right, Settings highlighted in the gray heading bar..

  • Edit Assignment Settings returns you to the Canvas assignment
  • Settings in the header bar takes you to the Turnitin settings.

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Optional Settings, scroll to setup Turnitin options

  • Click Optional Settings to set your preferences for Turnitin
  • Click Submit to save settings.

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Turnitin does not recognize Canvas’ Student View.¬† You will not be able to see the assignment as a student.Helpdesk link located in the gray bar of the Turnitin assignment

If you, or your students, have a problem with Turnitin, you can report it directly to Turnitin by using the Helpdesk link.

Southern Miss’ Turnitin admin is Gene’O Gordon (601 266-4644, Eugene.Gordon@usm.edu)