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Writing Skills

What is Turnitin?

Turnitin is an online text matching tool that scans student's work against existing sources for improper citations or potential plagiarism. This tool compares assignments to previously submitted work as well as website and database content.  

Mohawk College instructors use Turnitin to check for the originality of student papers. Expect that most assignments will be submitted through this platform. 

Test Before Submitting an Assignment

Use Turnitin to help you check your written work for improper citation or potential plagiarism. After you submit your essay, Turnitin will generate a Similarity (Originality) Report, which highlights matches between your essay/paper and other sources, flagging passages that require better paraphrasing or referencing.

Follow these steps:

  1. Register for the Digital Skills Toolkit Course found under Open Courses in MyCanvas.
  2. In the Assignments tool, find the folder labelled: Turnitin: Check Before Submitting Your Assignment.
  3. Submit your file using the Submit Assignment button.

NOTE: When you use the Turnitin folder your papers are not deposited to Turnitin’s repository.

Accessing the Similarity Report in MyCanvas

In may take a few hours for your Similarity Report to display. Follow these steps to find it or view the visual walkthrough linked below:

  1. From the Assignments tool, select the assignment that you have submitted, and click on "Submission details".
  2. To view your Similarity Report in Turnitin Feedback Studio, select the similarity percentage. It is colour-coded with red indicating a high similarity percentage and green indicating a low percentage of similarity.

TIP: If you're having trouble opening Turnitin Feedback Studio, check your pop-up blocker settings and create an exception.

How to Read the Originality Report