Creating a Turnitin Assignment in Courses


Turnitin is an online plagiarism detection service that can help promote academic integrity. The "Originality Check" service is fully integrated within the Assignments tool of Courses (powered by Sakai). Professors should review the University Turnitin Policy and follow these best practices:

  • Enable the tool within a class assignment to educate students about academic integrity and hold all students equally accountable. Avoid scanning individual papers.
  • Apply to larger written assignments. The service is not appropriate for individual reflection pieces or short (1 page) written assignments.
  • Be sure to use the "Single Uploaded File Only" submission type. Turnitin can only process one uploaded file at a time (Word, RTF, TXT); it cannot scan text added into the rich text editor (Inline editor) or unsupported file types (Excel, PowerPoint, etc.).
  • We recommend allowing resubmission during the open period and allowing students to view the originality reports to learn from their experience. To resubmit, students will simply remove their first submission and then upload a revised version, if you enable this option.

You can learn more about Turnitin here.


  1. Log into Courses and click the tab for your course.
  2. Click Assignments from the left menu.
  3. Click Add.
  4. Set up your assignment by filling out the appropriate fields on the next screen as noted below.

    Assignments Settings
  5. In the Turnitin Service section, check the Use Turnitin box and set the other checkboxes as appropriate. NOTE: We strongly recommend that instructors share the Turnitin originality report with their students.

    Assignments Settings for Turnitin
  6. Set any other options as you determine best for this assignment. Refer to the built-in Sakai help (Sakai help icon) in the Assignments tool. The same information is available in the Sakai Community documentation.
  7. Scroll down to the bottom of the page can click the Post button.

    Assignments Post button

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