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Turnitin Plagiarism Prevention

Toronto Metropolitan University subscribes to Turnitin, a plagarism detection tool. Turnitin Originality Check helps to promote academic integrity by comparing a student’s written assignment submissions against the Turnitin content database and provides instructors with a report showing areas of similarity

  • Plagiarism detection tool
  • Integrated with D2L Brightspace

 Getting Started

Turnitin is integrated within the Toronto Metropolitan University D2L Brightspace environment. 

Instructors can enable Turnitin when creating an assignment in D2L Brightspace. The reports and at-a-glance similarity score can be accessed directly from the D2L Brightspace Assignment submission list.

 Learn how to enable Turnitin for assignments.

 Changes to Turnitin at TMU

As of September 1st 2022, instructors continue to have access to Turnitin for originality checking, but can no longer use the tool’s grading and feedback functionalities.

Users are encouraged to use the grading, annotation and feedback features available in the Brightspace Assignment tool in tandem with Turnitin Originality.  Please visit our Brightspace Assignment resource to learn more. 

See the comparison table below to learn more about the resulting difference in functionality due to this change, and recommended alternatives.


Turnitin Feedback Studio


Turnitin Originality

D2L Brightspace


Availability Not Available  Available Available

Generate Similarity Score against the Turnitin content database


Provide instructors with a report showing areas of similarity


Reports & similarity score accessed from the Assignment submission list


Annotate feedback on student submissions

Turnitin QuickMark Sets

Turnitin ETS e-rater® (grammar-checking)  

Score/grade student submissions


All instructors, TA/GA's & Graders can provide feedback and score   

Learn more about grading and feedback with Brightspace Assignments

Integrated rubric grading


Learn more about using Rubrics with Assignments

Sync score to D2L Brightspace Grades


 Resources and Support

Turnitin services may be unavailable during their scheduled maintenance windows (external link)  on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. EST.