The University of Iowa

Turnitin External Tool Guide

  1. Start your Assignment in ICON.
    • Go to and find your course.
    • Click on Assignments in the navigation menu to the left.
    • In the upper right, click on +Assignment to create an assignment. 
    • Fill out the assignment information, including the name, a description of the assignment, the number of points and the assignment group.
  2. Set the Submission Type to External Tool and create a Turnitin Assignment.
    • Under Submission Type, select External Tool.
    • Under Enter of Find an External Tool URL, click Find.
    • Scroll through the choices in Configure External Tool, and select Turnitin/Feedback Studio (NOT Turnitin Framework), then click Select.
    • Do not check Load this Tool in a New Tab.
  3. Set ICON Due Dates.
    • Select the date you want the assignment to be due. You can also set when it becomes available, and when students will not be able to access the assignment anymore (if you set an Until date, students will not be able to access reports or comments in Turnitin.)
  4. Click Save or Save and Publish.
  5. Check/update Turnitin Settings.
    • Now you can see the Turnitin Assignment Inbox. Click Settings to the right.
    • Turnitin Toolbar with Settings pointed out
    • The information provided in ICON will be a darker gray and not able to be edited in Turnitin. You can edit the ICON assignment to update these.
    • Click Enable PeerMark if you want to use that tool for students to peer review each other’s papers.


Turnitin Settings
    • Check/Adjust Optional Settings. These settings allow you to:
      • Determine whether papers are saved in the Turnitin repository.
      • Allow late submissions
      • Make sure you are comparing against Student paper repository, Current and archived website content, and Periodicals, journals and reviews
      • Determine when papers get checked for plagiarism, how often students can resubmit and whether they can see their reports.
      • Exclude some material from being checked in Turnitin.
  1. When you are done adjusting the settings, click Submit at the bottom.


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