Plagiarism detection software is a tool that will assist in detecting textual similarities between compared works. The University of Toronto has a site license for this program and it is available for use by instructors and students at no cost. To set up an account, or for more information, contact the Centre for Teaching Support & Innovation (see contact information below).

If instructors plan to use Turnitin for any of their assignments, they must inform their students at the start of the course. The course syllabus must include the following statement (as is):

“Normally, students will be required to submit their course essays to for a review of textual similarity and detection of possible plagiarism. In doing so, students will allow their essays to be included as source documents in the reference database, where they will be used solely for the purpose of detecting plagiarism. The terms that apply to the University’s use of the service are described on the web site.”


  • Turnitin at U of T (Centre for Teaching Support & Innovation)
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