Last updated on March 16, 2023

Turnitin is a web-based assignment evaluation tool that can be used by both instructors and students at UW–‍Madison. Used for evaluating students’ online assignment submissions, Turnitin promotes originality in student work by comparing submitted assignments with similar content from multiple sources. It also helps students check for proper formatting of citations in their work.

Turnitin is part of the Learn@UW suite of learning technologies. More information about Turnitin, updates, events and how to work with the Learn@UW–‍Madison learning technology consultants are available on the DoIT Academic Technology website.

Getting started

Turnitin is available from within Canvas. Instructors simply configure Turnitin when setting up a Canvas assignment that requires an online submission. Instructors can also view the similarity check results within Canvas. For instructions, please see the Learn@UW–‍Madison Turnitin getting started KB doc.

Turnitin similarity checking for students is available only if the instructor enables it on a particular assignment.


Turnitin is available at no cost.

Key features

  • Highlights similarities to a collection of internet, academic, and student content from UW–‍Madison and other sources
  • Allows instructors to provide students the option of viewing their similarity report when submitting assignments or after assignments are graded
  • Offers the Feedback Studio, where instructors can place drag-and-drop comment bubbles in the content, leave text or voice comments, and evaluate based on rubrics
  • Seamlessly integrates with the Canvas interface, including the Gradebook and SpeedGrader


The DoIT Help Desk provides instructors, staff and students with free tech support and troubleshooting help by phone at (608) 264-4357, email and chat. In-person support is also available at the DoIT Help Desk service desk in the Computer Sciences building. Visit helpdesk.wisc.edu for hours and more information.

The Learn@UW–‍Madison team is also available to consult with instructors and instructional staff on selecting and using the right learning technology to improve student success. You can request a consultation by contacting the DoIT Help Desk. In addition, the Learn@UW KnowledgeBase offers helpful documents for instructors, course owners and students.

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