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Turnitin is a leading academic anti-plagiarism tool, used by instructors and students to avoid plagiarism and ensure academic integrity.  It is used to generate a report that identifies material in a student submission that is similar to content already in Turnitin databases.

UX Tip

Turnitin is licensed explicitly for classroom or teaching use only. Faculty and graduate students wanting to check their own work should use iThenticate.

See the directions below for creating assignments in Carmen with Turnitin enabled.

The first time you create an assignment, you may need to review and agree to the Turnitin User Agreement.

Create a Turnitin Assignment

We suggest including a notice in the assignment description that Turnitin has been enabled for the assignment. Please see the Best Practices article for additional recommendations on how to set up and use Similarity Reports most effectively and to communicate expectations to students.


Instructors should note that there is no Similarity Report outcome that unequivocally indicates plagiarism. The percentage score generated by Turnitin can be influenced by instructor choice in setting up the assignment Different disciplines generally expect written work to contain different amounts of quoted material. The Best Practices section explains how you might set up and use Similarity Reports most effectively.

  1.  Log into Carmen
  2. Navigate to the desired course. 
  3. From the course navigation, select Assignments.
  4. Click the Add Assignment button. Add(+) assignment button
  5. Enter an Assignment name into the box provided and make your assignment setting selections.
    See the file types and sizes supported by Turnitin. 
  6. Under the Submission type drop-down menu, select Online
  7. Under Online entry options, select the File Uploads checkbox.
    Online submission type and file uploads box checked
  8. From the Plagiarism Review drop-down menu, select Turnitin
    Turnitin selected for Plagiarism Review
  9. Customize the following Turnitin settings to fit your needs:
    • Store submissions in 
    • Compare submissions against
    • Similarity Report
    • Save as default settings
    • Show similarity report to students
    Learn more about Turnitin's assignment settings.
    Turnitin settings
  10. After you have made all your assignment setting selections, you have two options:
    • Click Save & publish to publish this assignment
    • Click Save to save the assignment but not publish it

Using Speedgrader, you can grade Turnitin assignments and view the Similarity Report.

For additional information see the Turnitin Instructor Guide.