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Turnitin: Definition and Application: Using Turnitin with Canvas as a Student

This guide gives you an overview of Turnitin: What is it? How does it work? and How to use with Canvas?

How to use Turnitin with Canvas as a VinUni's Student

Turnitin uses the same process as Canvas to upload work.

At VinUni, Turnitin has been integrated into Canvas LMS's Assignments tool to enable Turnitin to compare student's writing to text in its massive database of student work, websites, books, articles… and grade students’ assignments via Canvas SpeedGrader tool. Therefore, there is no need for Faculty/TAs to log in to separately to check and grade student’s assignments.

However, in case you wish to use to check your own writing/research papers, please send a request to IT HelpDesk.

Submitting to an assignment on Canvas

Step 1: Login to your Canvas account


Step 2: Select your course

Step 3: Select Assignment


Step 4: Use the button to upload your file


Tick the box          

Click “Submit Assignment”, a similarity report will generate for every file uploaded. 

Reading the Similarity Report

1. Accessing the Similarity Report

From the side of any page within Canvas, select Grades.

Then Click on Turnitin report icon

* Similarity score ranges

In case a similarity is found between student’s paper and sources, Turnitin will indicate that matches by changing the color of the report icon.

The color of the report icon indicates the similarity score of the paper:

2. View the similarity matches

The Match Overview (red color) lists all parts of a student paper that are similar to data in the repositories.

To view all sources, click the red All sources icon.

To access each match in more detail, click the arrow to the right of each similarity percentage.

Filter and setting button can be used to exclude unnecessary percentages.

3. Download the Similarity Report

Similarity Reports can be downloaded for easier viewing and the current display layers can be changed.

Some Notes

1. Interpret the similarity report

There is no ‘ideal’ similarity index in a similarity report.

Teachers analyze similarity report to determine whether a  student plagiarized on a case-by-case  basis.

Academic work will always contain matches resulting in a ‘similarity score’.

2. Excluding the bibliography and citation:

Turnitin looks for all quotes and bibliography used in the paper and removes them from the Similarity Report.