Turnitin Originality

Turnitin Originality is designed to help educators detect and deter academic misconduct in its various forms – contract cheating, copy/paste, student collusion, research misconduct, and code similarity tools. 

  • Checks for potential plagiarism and writing matches against a large content database. 
  • Generates a Similarity Report as a summary of matching or highly similar text in an assignment submission. 
  • Compares an assignment to prior student work. 
  • Reports result within assignment contexts. 
  • Provides clear and actionable data points for every submission. 
  • Helps instructors identify text manipulations meant to bypass integrity checks. 


AI Writing Detection Disabled

Turnitin’s AI writing detection tool has been disabled upon request to allow additional testing and verification. Please get in touch with celt-help@iastate.edu with questions about Turnitin.

Achieving Academic Integrity

Academic integrity and responsible behavior are a part of the learning and teaching conversations, no matter the course modality.Explore the following approaches and methods which emphasize prevention and education on the Achieving Academic Integrity page.

Getting Started

Instructor Resources

Using TurnItIn with Your Canvas Course

To begin using the Turnitin benefits, instructors must first set up a Turnitin assignment in their Canvas course. Follow the steps outlined in the Creating an Assignment instructions on the Turnitin website. ISU’s instance of the tool is called Turnitin Originality.


  • If you set up your Turnitin assignment prior to August 16, 2021, you must reconfigure assignment settings to Turnitin Originality. Navigate to the assignment in your Canvas course and click the Edit button. Next, follow the steps outlined in the Creating an Assignment instructions on the Turnitin website. ISU’s instance of the tool is called Turnitin Originality.
  • Once your Turnitin assignments are set to use the Turnitin Originality framework, they can be duplicated or imported into new Canvas courses and should preserve the Turnitin Originality settings.

Useful Turnitin Instructor Resources

Using the AI writing detection capabilities

Note: Iowa State University does not endorse the use of these capabilities at this time and encourages instructors to reach out to Turnitin’s support with any questions you might have around these capabilities.

For more information, see the resources below.

Syllabus Statement

Add the statement below to the required technologies section of your syllabus.

Designated writing assignments in this course will be submitted to Turnitin for evaluation via Canvas Assignments. Submission may be made either directly by you or by your instructor on your behalf. Visit the Turnitin learning tool guide to view the terms of service, privacy policy, accessibility statement, and steps for getting started with Turnitin.

Students who do not agree should contact the course instructor immediately.

Student Resources

Using TurnItIn with Your Canvas Course

Assignments that require submitting to Turnitin follow the same Canvas upload process as all other Canvas assignments. See the Submitting to an assignment guide on the Turnitin website. First assignment submission to Turnitin requires that students agree to the Turnitin user terms.

Using TurnItIn on Your Own

Turnitin Draft Coach is a stand-alone tool that integrates with Microsoft Word to help students work on a draft of an assignment and practice ethical writing.

Students can effortlessly run a report to check their Docs for similarity against our vast database. Any matches are individually highlighted and can be reviewed in the easy to navigate side panel. Consult CELT’s TurnItIn: Draftcoach page for more information on using the tool. 


All students, faculty, and staff members with an Iowa State Net-ID have access at no charge. 


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