Turnitin Plagiarism Detection Service
What is Turnitin?
Instructors can arrange to have papers submitted to the Canvas Assignments tool checked, by Turnitin, for potential unoriginal content by comparing submitted papers to several databases using a proprietary algorithm.
Turnitin scans the internet, its own databases, and also has licensing agreements with large academic proprietary databases. Instructors receive (in the Canvas Assignments tool) an “Originality Report” from Turnitin for each student submission.
Note: It is also not possible for a student to resubmit an assignment that has already been sent to Turnitin on the same assignment. In Canvas, the paper is submitted through the Turnitin interface and it will not allow a student to resubmit. There is no setting in the Canvas Turnitin settings to allow re-submission.
Why use Turnitin?
Many Tufts instructors that use student written papers as a means of accessing student work use Turnitin to check the originality of student submitted papers.
Turnitin is also used by Tufts instructors to check the original sources of material correctly quoted or footnoted by students in their papers.