Turnitin assignments can be used in Academic courses only.

Open Assignments

In Course Navigation, click the Assignments link.

Add Assignment

To create a new assignment, click the Add Assignment button.

Add Assignment Details

Fill in the Assignment name.

Use the text box to fill in assignment details and instructions.

Best practice

If you update the due date of the assignment and forget to update it in the instructions, it will cause confusion.

Do note that the due date you set (see Assign below) automatically appears in the students' Calendar.

  1. Fill in the Points the assignment is worth.
  2. Select the Assignment group from the drop-down menu. You can create a new Assignment group by selecting [ Create Group ], if needed.
  3. Select your Display grade as format from the drop-down menu.
  4. If applicable, check Do not count this assignment towards the final grade.

Configure Submission type

  1. For Submission type, select External tool from the drop-down menu.
  2. Click Find.

You will see a list displayed under Configure External Tool.

Scroll through the list to locate Turnitin.

Click Turnitin, then click Select.

If you want the Turnitin assignment folder to appear in a separate tab, check Load this tool in a new tab.


The new tab needs to be launched manually.

You and your students will be shown a button to load the assignment in a new tab.


Ignore the following sections

Potential pitfall

The following options do not apply to Turnitin assignments:

  • Submission Attempts
  • Moderated grading
  • Anonymous grading
  • Anonymous instructor annotations

If the equivalent features exist, they will be configured within the Turnitin assignment.

Assign & dates

  1. Choose who to assign the Turnitin assignment to. By default, it is assigned to everyone in the Course.

    You can assign the Turnitin assignment to a course section or an individual student. If you do so, take note of the caveat below.

    Potential pitfall

    Turnitin only accepts one assignment due date.

    If you want to set different dates for different course sections or individual students, you must create an individual Turnitin assignment for each due date.

  2. Click the calendar icon to select the Due date.

  3. Click the calendar icon to select the Available from date.

  4. Setting the Until date is optional. Do note that if you used Turnitin's native commenting/annotating tools, setting the Until date cuts off access to the feedback after that date.

Dates for Turnitin assignments

Date order
(from earliest)
Available fromDueFeedback releaseUntil
Where to setCanvas Assignment settings.Canvas Assignment settings.Turnitin Assignment Inbox settings.Canvas Assignment settings.
NotesStudents can start submitting from this date.

Assignment deadline.

Students cannot submit after this date, unless late submission is allowed.

Late submission is configured in the Turnitin assignment settings.

Students can see your feedback / annotations (if any) from this date.

This is a hard close date.

If you set an Until date for Turnitin assignments, students will not be able to access the similarity report nor feedback on the assignment, if any, after this date.

Save, then configure Turnitin assignment settings

Click Save.

You can click Save & Publish, but you are advised to configure the Turnitin assignment settings first.

  • If you checked Load this tool in a new tab (under Submission Type), click the button to load the Turnitin assignment in a new tab.
  • If you did not check Load this tool in a new tab (under Submission Type), the Turnitin assignment folder should appear within the Canvas environment after you click Save.

Continue to configure the Turnitin assignment settings.