At IU, how can I submit papers directly to Turnitin?

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At Indiana University, the simplest way for instructors to use Turnitin in a course is to use the Assignments tool in Canvas and enable Turnitin for a specific assignment. Students can then submit their papers to Turnitin and to their instructors at the same time. See About Turnitin in Canvas.

You may wish to submit papers directly to in some situations, such as:

  • Instructors wish to submit student papers themselves.
  • Students wish to submit papers outside of a specific academic course. An instructor, advisor, research director, department, or school can sponsor a Turnitin account for this purpose; a faculty or staff sponsor should contact the campus teaching and learning center to determine the best approach.
  • Instructors want students to submit their papers to Turnitin, but choose not to use Assignments in Canvas as part of the course.



If you wish to have papers submitted to directly instead of using Canvas assignments, you'll need to request a Turnitin account; contact your campus teaching and learning center for assistance.

If you have used Turnitin via Canvas in the past, an account may have already been generated for you. To access it, you'll need to reset your password; for instructions, see Resetting Your Password in the Turnitin Guides.


For instructions, see Setting up Your Turnitin Account and Logging In in the Turnitin Guides.

Submitting papers


You can submit papers to directly via Quick Submit or a manually created assignment. Quick Submit is best for situations where a single paper needs to be checked. When papers need to be submitted in bulk, or if students will need to submit on their own, it's best to create an assignment manually.

GradeMark and PeerMark will only be available for student-submitted papers.

To submit papers via Quick Submit, see Quick Submit in the Turnitin Guides.

To submit a paper or papers via an assignment in

  1. Log into
  2. Create a new class; for instructions, see Classes in the Turnitin Guides.
  3. Create an assignment in the class; for instructions, see Assignments in the Turnitin Guides.
  4. If you intend to submit papers on your students' behalf, see either Single File Upload or Multiple File Upload in the Turnitin Guides.
  5. If you intend to allow students to submit papers on their own, see Getting Your Students Started in the Turnitin Guides.


If your instructor has opted to enable student submissions via instead of Canvas, follow the instructions below. Otherwise, see the instructions for submitting papers via Canvas.

  1. If you haven't done so already, enroll in your class using the class ID and enrollment password provided by your instructor; for instructions, see Enrolling in a Class in the Turnitin Guides.
  2. Navigate to the course that you wish to submit the assignment to in
  3. To upload and submit your paper, see Submitting a Paper in the Turnitin Guides.


For help documentation about, see: offers guides and user manuals.

Getting help

For pedagogical or technical assistance with Turnitin, consult the following resources:

Teaching and learning centers

Instructors can get help using technology in their teaching at the teaching and learning centers on each campus.

UITS Support Center

For help using the Turnitin LTI, email the UITS Mission Critical team. You can also contact your campus Support Center directly.

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