Turnitin is available for use in ICON (Canvas).
Plagiarism Detection is the process of checking papers against external sources and identifying sections of papers that may have been plagiarized.
The University of Iowa has licensed Turnitin (http://turnitin.com), an online, automatic plagiarism detection service for campus-wide use, and we encourage all instructors to utilize this tool.
Students submit their papers via ICON (Canvas) and the instructor receives an originality report showing possible matches between the submitted paper and Turnitin's database and internet resources. It is important to note that the final decision about the presence of a plagiarism lies with the instructor.
There are two ways instructors can use Turnitin's Plagiarism Detection service.
1. ICON (Canvas). This option is highly recommended.
2. Turnitin website. This option is not recommended. If instructors wish to use the web interface, they can contact the HelpDesk for details.
Beginning January 16, 2018, Feedback Studio will offer faster formative Similarity Reports - Give students more support to master paraphrasing and citation conventions. For instructors who allow resubmissions within their assignment settings, students will be able to view their Similarity Report, then revise and resubmit their work up to three times, without waiting 24 hours. Click here for more details.
On August 29, 2017, Turnitin will be making some improvements to the faculty inbox for student submissions in ICON. Click here for a video walkthrough.
We made a change to Turnitin on May 30, 2017. Click here for more details.
General Support Information
Past 90 Days
UPDATE: This issue is resolved. Please contact the ITS Help Desk if you experience any further issues.
Original Notice: Turnitin Slowness: Turnitin.com and Turnitin integration in ICON (Canvas) may be experiencing slow Similarity Report generation or page errors when accessing the report. The vendor is investigating the issue.
UPDATE: This issue is resolved. Please contact the ITS Help Desk if you experience further issues with Turnitin.
Original Notice: Some Turnitin users (Canvas Integration and Turnitin.com) may be experiencing an error when attempting to leave comments through Feedback Studio. This matter is being addressed as a top priority by the vendor's engineering team.
Turnitin will be undergoing essential maintenance and will be unavailable. This includes Turnitin.com, Turnitin ICON integration and Turnitin mobile.
Please be aware that no submissions or grading will be possible through any of the services listed above during this time. We therefore advise that submission deadlines be set outside of this maintenance window.
Update: Canvas has fixed the underlying issue that caused submissions made via Turnitin LTI to return a file name of "default_filename.txt". Canvas has also run an automated script that should repair the majority of papers affected by the issue.
Original Alert: Some student submissions for Turnitin assignments are not displaying in Speedgrader in ICON, instead they are displayed as “default_filename.txt.” ITS staff are working with the vendor to resolve this issue.
In the meantime, the workaround is to use Turnitin’s Feedback Studio by going to the Grades or Assignments page and clicking on the color-coded percentage speech bubble to access and grade papers.
UPDATE: The issues with Turnitin have been resolved.
Original Notice :
Turnitin is currently down. This is affecting Turnitin.com and Turnitin in ICON (Canvas). The vendor is investigating the issue. We apologize for any inconvenience this downtime may cause you.
Turnitin Planned Maintenance: During this time, ETS e-rater® (the product used for grammar checking for Turnitin) services will be inaccessible. Turnitin.com, mobile, and Turnitin in ICON (Canvas) will be affected. Please plan usage accordingly.
UPDATE: The Turnitin website is functioning normally again. Please contact the ITS Help Desk if you experience further issues.
Original Notice: Turnitin.com users might experience issues logging in. The vendor is working to resolve this. However, Turnitin's ICON (Canvas) integration is functioning normally.
Turnitin will be undergoing essential maintenance and will be unavailable. Please be aware no submissions or grading will be possible through any of the services listed above during this time. We therefore advise that submission deadlines be set outside of this maintenance window.
The plagiarism detection service, Turnitin, will be down for maintenance to enable the new feature Turnitin Feedback Studio.
If an assignment was created using the “Enable Turnitin Submissions” check box, the legacy submissions will no longer be available in Turnitin in ICON. However, student submissions will still be available in SpeedGrader in ICON.
For more details, please refer to: https://its.uiowa.edu/news/important-turnitin-announcement
Update: The problems with Turnitin have been resolved. Please contact the ITS Help Desk if you have any further problems using this service.
Original Notice: The Turnitin services are experiencing service degradation. The vendor is investigating this and will provide updates as they become available.
The plagiarism detection service, Turnitin, will not be available during this maintenance window.
Please be aware that no submissions or grading within ICON/Canvas and Turnitin.com will be possible during this time. We therefore advise that submission deadlines be set outside of this maintenance window.
Turnitin is upgrading their internal network hardware.
Submissions and grading within ICON/Canvas and Turnitin.com that rely on the Turnitin service will be unavailable. We advise that submission deadlines be set outside of the maintenance window.
Some students using the plagiarism detection service, Turnitin.com will encounter issues when submitting their papers after the assignment due date. Turnitin is working to resolve this issue and will provide an update when one is available.