Academic Integrity - Faculty

The university has a variety of educational technology tools for helping scholars to maintain the academic integrity of authored writing, images and software.

Please review the Academic Handbook and Academic Integrity Process and Procedures before proceeding to the instructions for using the tools.  You may also be interested in exploring the Academic Integrity Matters project, offered through the Dean and Vice-Principal's Office.




Using Turnitin and the Learning Portal

Turnitin is a web site that is designed to detect and deter plagiarism in academic writing.  The basic steps are:

  • Review the conditions of use  NB: you may NOT use Turnitin during the term unless your syllabus contains the official paragraph from the conditions of use page at the start of term.
  • Instructor advises class that Turnitin will be used to evaluate class assignments in the syllabus during the first lecture. (wording provided at link above)
  • If the instructor is new to Turnitin and requires the U of T join password, he/she should contact
  • Instructor logs into and sets up the course-section in with a password.  For more than one TA, or multiple sections, instructors may want to create a 'master course'.  More on Managing Multiple Class Sections...
  • Instructor then advertises the course/section id number and password in the Blackboard learning portal to students in the section, who should make their own accounts.
  • Instructor creates the assignment in, with optional reporting settings and preferences.   The assignment will appear to the students once they have joined the course-section in
  • Many instructors also create an assignment in Blackboard, and instruct the students to submit digitally to this system as well.  By submitting to Blackboard, instructors can share feedback and grading information more easily with students, since Turnitin only supplies grading reports

On the assignment day:

  • student logs into Turnitin and enrols with the section id and password
  • clicks on assignment, accepts the license agreement and uploads paper before the assignment due date.
  • Instructor receives paper and originality report back in a few hours (clicking refresh may be necessary) and reviews both to assign a mark.
  • Instructor provides feedback and grading through Blackboard or via

Basic Turnitin Setup Instructions - CTSI (instructors - weblink)

Detailed Turnitin Setup Instructions - (instructors - 21 page PDF download)

Turnitin Submission Instructions (students - weblink)

Increasingly digital scholarship calls for not only writing but media skills, which present their own plagiarism challenges.



Tineye is a web application that deters plagiarism in image reproduction.  Tineye is a reverse image search engine, finding out where an image came from, how it is being used, if modified versions of the image exist, or if there is a higher resolution version.    As of January 2017 over 17.3 billion images will have been indexed.   Tineye is free for non-commercial uses, so it is available for your course.  Tineye is also a Toronto business currently situated on Queen Street East, a great startup success!

Screen shot of TinEye Reverse Image Search interface

Google Reverse Image Search

Like Tineye, Google also offers a reverse image search.  Access this function by navigating to, then clicking the camera icon, as shown in the screen shot below.

Screen shot of Google reverse image search




MOSS (Measure of Software Similarity)

MOSS is an automatic system for determining the similarity of computer software.  It is hosted at Stanford University and free for non-commercial use.  Moss can currently analyze code written in the following languages:

C, C++, Java, C#, Python, Visual Basic, Javascript, FORTRAN, ML, Haskell, Lisp, Scheme, Pascal, Modula2, Ada, Perl, TCL, Matlab, VHDL, Verilog, Spice, MIPS assembly, a8086 assembly, a8086 assembly, MIPS assembly, HCL2.

In addition to detecting passages with similar code, MOSS can be set to ignore common areas of code, such as code libraries.  To obtain a MOSS account send a mail message to The message body should contain the following.

mail username@domain

where username@domain is your email address.  Here's the main website: []


You Quote It, You Note It

Some students may have difficulty understanding how the concept of plagiarism applies to their personal assignments.  We recommend that these students take the excellent interactive learning module on plagiarism developed by Acadia University, called 'You Quote It, You Note It'.

Screen shot of You Quote It You Note It plagiarism tutorial, by Acadia University