Academic Integrity - Faculty

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

Please review the Academic Handbook and Academic Integrity Process and Procedures and Code of Behaviour on Academic Matters 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, and the Library Guide, Academic Integrity and Plagiarism.




Using Turnitin with Quercus

Turnitin is a web application that is designed to detect and deter plagiarism in academic writing via the submission of papers electronically.  In Quercus, the university's new learning management system based on 'Canvas', the framework for submitting assignments is integrated.   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).  Students are permitted, under our conditions of use, to opt-out of using Turnitin.  Students should be encouraged to express any preference at the start of term.
  • Automatic submission to Turnitin is ordinarily set up when an assignment is created by configuring the plagiarism review setting [as in these instructions].
  • Note that Turnitin has a 40MB individual file submission limit.  Files larger than this should be broken into multiple parts to ensure they are reviewed correctly.
  • After the assignment has been submitted, review the similarity reports and conduct further analysis

On the assignment day:

  • student submits to Quercus; for assignments configured to use Turnitin, a copy is forwarded automatically for an originality report

Occasionally Turnitin submissions will get stuck, here's an advisory how to correct that problem:

Increasingly digital scholarship calls for not only writing but media skills, which present their own academic integrity 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 were 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