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Originality Check

Turnitin Originality Check is a web-based system that allows student papers to be submitted and checked for plagiarism. It compares student papers with sources available on the Internet, select commercial article databases, and papers submitted at Whitewater and other institutions that use Originality Check. After submitting, an Originality Report is generated for each paper, and the report identifies the matches that the system made, which can then be investigated. This system can help to eliminate the abuse of the Internet as a research tool and may minimize its potentially negative impact on the development of quality reading, writing, and research skills.

Instructors can set up Originality Checking with an Assignment in Canvas or upload electronic versions of their students' papers to the Turnitin website directly.


Instructors can use GradeMark to grade student's written work (e.g., papers, essays, thesis, powerpoint files), non-written work (images, videos, music files), or work not submitted to a Turnitin assignment (speeches, presentations, performances, or works of art). For student papers, instructors can add comments within the body of the paper, point out grammar and punctuation mistakes, evaluate the paper against qualitative or quantitative rubrics, assess the student's performance within the class and enter a grade for the paper.

GradeMark can be used through the Turnitin website.


PeerMark is an online, peer evaluation tool that allows students to read, review, and evaluate one or many papers submitted by their classmates. Student papers can be distributed so that all the students are able to read the comments left on their work. A PeerMark assignment evaluation may be anonymous or attributed as determined by the instructor.

PeerMark can be used through the Turnitin website.

Instructors who would like more information or assistance with any of the Turnitin suite of products should contact the Learning Technology Center (LTC).  If you are using Turnitin within Canvas, please contact Canvas 24/7 Support.

Students with questions or concerns regarding the Turnitin Suite should contact Canvas 24/7 Support.