Canvas (myCourses): Creating a Turnitin Assignment


This article describes how to create a Turnitin assignment using the LTI tool within Canvas. Turnitin helps with plagiarism detection and as a tool to help students understand how to properly cite sources in their academic work. Turnitin includes grading features for faculty such as comments, Quickmarks, and integrated rubrics. For more information, see Canvas LTI - Instructor Categories (


Creating a Turnitin Assignment

  1. Log in to your institution's Canvas as an instructor.
  2. From the side of any page within Canvas, select the Courses tab, then select the course in which you would like to create an assignment.
  3. From the left-hand navigation, click Assignments.
  4. If you have not yet created an assignment for this course, select the + button to the right.
  5. Enter your basic assignment details, including the assignment type, the assignment name, the date the assignment is due, and the assignment points (this is the maximum grade available to your students).
  6. From the more options screen, select External Tool from the Submission Type menu. Then select Find to locate Turnitin.

  7. Select Turnitin from the drop-down menu

  8. Amend the assignment due and available from dates (these dates will transfer into the Turnitin assignment).

  9. Select Save & Publish to publish this assignment. Select Save to save the assignment.

Optional Settings

Once the Turnitin LTI assignment is launched, click Optional Settings within the Turnitin LTI Tool to select a setting in regards to Submission Settings, Compare against, Similarity Report. These settings can be saved for future use.


Need additional help?

Please fill out this Canvas webform with as much detail as possible, or contact the ET&S Help Desk team on your local campus.


Article ID: 3898
Wed 3/10/21 11:25 AM
Thu 3/25/21 7:59 AM
Applicable Institution(s):
Granite State College (GSC)