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Academic Integrity & Plagiarism: Turnitin: Plagiarism Prevention

Information on how students can submit their draft papers and have them checked by Turnitin via University Libraries.

What is Turnitin & how does it work?

What is Turnitin?

Turnitin is a component within Canvas that is used to detect unoriginal text in student papers. The paper is checked against multiple sources (paper repository, databases, etc.). After the paper is submitted to Turnitin an Originality Report is generated that highlights areas that could potentially be considered plagiarized. It is important to note that just because Turnitin highlights an area that does not mean it is plagiarized. Turnitin DOES NOT check to make sure that in-text citations and references are correct. 

What happens when I submit a paper to Turnitin via University Libraries?

University Libraries offers students the opportunity to have their papers submitted to Turnitin as drafts. The library will submit the papers for the students and have a Turnitin Originality Report created. It may take up to 48 hours to generate the Originality Report. Once the report is generated the library will email the Originalility Report to the student along with comments. The comments will only cover issues found in the report, not issues with writing. For writing assistance please visit the Writing Commons located on the 4th floor of University Libraries.

How do I submit my paper to Turnitin via University Libraries?

If you are a student and would like to submit your paper to University Libraries to run through Turnitin please click the link at the bottom of the page. Papers must be less than 25 MB and acceptable file types are: doc, docx, pdf, rtf, txt. It may take 48 hours (Monday-Friday) to receive a report. Papers that are submitted after 5pm, Monday-Thursday will be uploaded to the program the following morning and papers submitted after 5pm on Friday, will not be run until Monday morning. For example, if you submit a paper on Friday at 5:30, it won't be put into the system until Monday morning and that is when the 48 hours start. The system is very busy at the end of the semester so please plan ahead. If you have questions about the process please email

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