Submitting an assignment to Turnitin through Blackboard

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About Turnitin

Turnitin logo.Turnitin is a web-based application that is used to detect plagiarism, and to create opportunities for students to learn to properly attribute sources. Turnitin also offers mechanisms for peer-to-peer review and instructor feedback.

Turnitin is not a part of Blackboard but rather a separate application that the university subscribes to.

Submission options

Your instructor has two options for having you submit work for your class to be checked for plagiarism or facilitate feedback through Turnitin. This knowledge base article focuses on submitting assignments through a Blackboard/CourseWeb integration. Your instructor might also be using the tools available through the Turnitin website. If you need instructions on how to submit your assignment using that website, visit the knowledge base article titled “Submitting an assignment through Turnitin.com.”

Submitting a paper to Turnitin through Blackboard/CourseWeb

Students can submit papers to a Turnitin assignment from inside their Blackboard/CourseWeb classes if the instructor is using the Turnitin integration for the assignment. To access the Turnitin assignment inbox you need navigate to the location in the class where the instructor has deployed the assignment. Turnitin assignments can be identified by the Turnitin logo to the left of the assignment.

Screenshot of a Blackboard course showing a Turnitin assignment.

Once you have clicked the “View Assignment” link (see above), you can see the specifics of the assignment as the instructor has outlined it. Click the “Submit” tab (see below) to navigate to where you will submit your paper.

Screenshot of Turnitin assignment showing inbox tab.

On the submit page, make sure to assign your submission a title (1), choose the file to be submitted (2), check the “Notice” box (3), then submit the paper (4).

Screenshot of Turnitin assignment submission page in Blackboard.

Notes and Tips about Files (expand)

Turnitin currently accepts the following file types for upload into an assignment:

  • Microsoft Word™ (DOC and DOCX)*
  • Corel WordPerfect®
  • HTML
  • Adobe PostScript®
  • Plain text (TXT)
  • Rich Text Format (RTF)
  • Portable Document Format (PDF)
  • OpenOffice (ODT)
  • Hangul (HWP)

The file size may not exceed 40 MB. Files of larger size may be reduced in size by removal of non-text content or the instructor may be contacted to request multiple assignments to submit the document in sections.

Note: Text only files may not exceed 2 MB.

Note: PDF documents must contain text to be submitted. PDF files containing only images of text will be rejected during the upload attempt. To determine if a document contains actual text, copy and paste a section or all of the text into a plain-text editor such as Microsoft Notepad or Apple TextEdit. If no text is copied over, the selection is not actual text.

Tip: Users submitting scanned images of a document or an image saved as a PDF will need to use Optical Character Recognition (OCR) software to convert the image to a text document. Manual correction of the resulting document is highly recommended to fix any errors caused by the conversion software.

Note: Some document formats can contain multiple data types. This includes text, images, embedded information from another file, and formatting. Non-text information that is not saved directly within the document will not be included in a file upload. This includes references to a Microsoft Excel® spreadsheet included within a Microsoft Office Word document.

Tip: Users submitting scanned images of a document or an image saved as a PDF will need to use Optical Character Recognition (OCR) software to convert the image to a text document. Manual correction of the resulting document is highly recommended to fix any errors caused by the conversion software.

Note: Users whose files are saved in a file type that is not accepted by Turnitin will need to use a word processing program to save the file as one of the accepted types. Rich Text Format and Plain Text file types are nearly universally available in word processing software. Neither file type will support images or non-text data within the file. Plain text format does not support any formatting, and rich text format supports only limited formatting options.

Tip: When converting a file to a new file format, users should rename their file with a name other than that of the original file. This is suggested to prevent permanent loss of the original formatting or image content of a file due to it being overwritten.

If your submission was successful, you should received a receipt similar to the one below that confirms the paper was received at Turnitin and can be tracked should any problems arise. You can print the receipt or close the window. The receipt number is available in your submission inbox.

Screenshot of Turnitin submission receipt for a paper.

Once the paper has been received at Turnitin, it is compared to the resources in various databases to check for instances of plagiarized content. When you return to the assignment later, you will see the submission number (Paper ID), and the percent of your paper that was matched at Turnitin.

Screenshot of Turnitin submission inbox with a score for matched content.

Your instructors will let you know how to handle scores that do not meet their criteria for the assignment.

Turnitin support resources

Turnitin.com has great student resources that will help guide you through using Turnitin to submit assignments, view originality reports and feedback, and participate in peer reviewing in cases where your instructor has enabled these features. Specific information on submitting through the Blackboard integration and how to interpret your results are available at this Turnitin.com page.

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