TurnItIn Support

TurnItIn is a tool to help students maintain academic integrity. The software detects possible instances of plagiarism, defined as presenting as one�s own the words or ideas of another person. Instructors and students may use the TurnItIn software through the Canvas learning management system or through the company's website.

Acceptable Formats
TurnItIn accepts documents in these formats: MS Word, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint, Rich Text Format, PostScript, and PDF.

Acceptable Browsers
TurnItIn works best with the following browsers:

  • Firefox 3 and above
  • Internet Explorer 7 or 8
  • Google Chrome 4 and above
  • Safari 4 and above 

NNU Academic Integrity Policy
Log in to TurnItIn.com
Support for Instructors
Support for Students
TurnItIn Help Center

Note: You will need a PDF viewer such as Adobe Acrobat Reader to view the tip sheets and Macromedia Flash Player to view the video tutorials on this page.

TurnItIn Support for Instructors

First, familiarize yourself with the basic premise of how TurnItIn works. Note: The videos below do not function in Firefox 7: 

Overview video (5 mins.)
Overview presentation (PPT)

TurnItIn comes with several tools:



Video Demo

Text Description


For plagiarism detection

Demo (3 mins.)



For allowing peer review

Demo (2 mins.)



For providing feedback & a score

Demo (4 mins.)


ETS E-Rater (tool within GradeMark)

For checking students' mechanics, spelling, grammar and usage

Demo (first 2 mins.)


TurnItIn also offers this interactive tutorial to help you learn how to use GradeMark in a safe demonstration environment. Simply read the text of the tutorial paper that has already been uploaded and follow the directions provided. The tutorial will guide you through an exercise in leaving various types of comments and highlights. When you're done, just close the tutorial window.

Now that you are familiar with TurnItIn, choose your desired how-to resources depending on how you wish to use the software -- via Canvas or via the TurnItIn website.

Handling 100% Matches (PDF)

Using the Software Via the TurnItIn Website

  • Students may check their own papers before submitting them in class. The instructor must first create a Class area on the site, then give a password to students.
  • Instructors may set up Assignments that students must specifically complete using the software. The instructor first sets up the Class area, then creates Assignment areas within it. Again, students receive a password to access this area.

Instructor QuickStart
Instructor Full Manual 

Narrated Tutorials 
Creating a Class Area (2 mins.)
Adding Students to a Class (2 mins.)
Creating an Assignment (4 mins.)
Submitting Papers for Your Students (3 mins.)
 Using the Assignment Inbox (1 min.)
Viewing an Originality Report (3 mins.)

Illustrated Tips 
Creating a Class
Creating an Assignment
Handling 100% Matches
Analyzing One or Two Papers

Consultation - A member of the E-Learning Services team can meet with you in your office or ours to provide one-on-one assistance in setting up a TurnItIn dropbox in your Canvas course.

Instructor Troubleshooting

If you have questions or technical difficulties, first try the TurnItIn Instructor Training

If your question is not answered there, you may contact NNU's Technology and Media Resources (208-467-8111) or the TurnItIn Help Desk.


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TurnItIn Support for Students

If you would like help in spotting weakness in writing with originality, you can submit your papers to TurnItIn before turning them in for class. 

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