UM-Dearborn has a site license for Turnitin - a program that helps faculty members detect plagiarism in student writing.  Turnitin compares student submissions to resources on the public Internet, to previous submissions of student papers, and to some licensed resources (including ProQuest) and generates a report of possible plagiarized content for the faculty to review.

Turnitin assignments within Canvas

The easiest way to use Turnitin is from a UM-Dearborn Canvas course site.  Turnitin has been integrated with Canvas, so submission of assignments and generation of Turnitin reports will happen seamlessly.

Please note: Setup and submission of Turnitin assignments will be slightly different than other Canvas assignments.  Speedgrader and grade information for Turnitin assignments will still be available, as will all other Canvas assignments.

Turnitin standalone assignments

It is also possible to use Turnitin without Canvas, though the process is more cumbersome and will require the faculty and all students to create separate Turnitin usernames and passwords.

  • Papers are submitted electronically to www.turnitin.com, either by the instructor or by the student.
  • Faculty using standalone Turnitin for the first time will need to set up their login information, using an institutional user number and password (instructions here).
  • Once logged in, faculty set up a course page for each class and add each assignment to the course page.
  • Students will join the class, using a class id and enrollment password provided by the faculty (instructions here)

Turnitin individual paper check

It is also possible to use Turnitin without Canvas, though the process is more cumbersome and will require the faculty and all students to create separate Turnitin usernames and passwords.

  • An single assignment is submitted electronically to www.turnitin.com by the instructor.
  • Faculty using standalone Turnitin for the first time will need to set up their login information, using an institutional user number and password (instructions here).
  • Once logged in to turnitin.com, faculty need to enable the "activate quick submit" option from the user info menu.
  • Faculty can then go to the quick submit tab to submit the student's work and receive the originality report.

Turnitin support

For any questions regarding use of Turnitin at UM-Dearborn, please contact Christopher Casey, University Coordinator of Online Learning (chriscas@umich.edu or 313-593-3504).