Turnitin is an originality checking and plagiarism prevention service that checks submitted student work for citation mistakes or inappropriate copying. When students submit a paper, TurnItIn compares the paper to its database which includes billions of webpages, a repository of student work, and a collection of documents, journals, periodicals, and publications. The utilization of TurnItIn aligns with Sonoma State University's policy to be pro-active in dealing with issues of cheating and plagiarism.

Faculty have access to TurnItIn, which directly integrates within a Canvas course assignment. 

Helpful Resources


For assistance with setting up TurnItIn or how to interpret Similarity Reports, contact the Center for Teaching and Educational Technology.

  • Center for Teaching & Educational Technology: Please email the front desk: ctet@sonoma.edu
    • Set up a 1:1 consultation with staff for in-depth workflow questions
  • Center for Teaching & Educational Technology: Online Zoom meeting room (9 am-5 pm, M-F) 
  • Center for Teaching & Educational Technology: Submit a Help Ticket (email support)

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