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Submitting an assignment through Turnitin.com


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 the Turnitin.com website. Your instructor might also be using the Turnitin tools available through an integration with Blackboard/CourseWeb. If you need instructions on how to submit your assignment through Blackboard, visit the knowledge base article titled “Submitting an assignment to Turnitin through Blackboard.” [10]

Getting started with Turnitin.com (3:38)

Creating an account at Turnitin.com

Signing Up

If your instructor is using Turnitin.com (and not using the Blackboard/CourseWeb integration) to collect assignments, you must register for an account in order to be able to upload documents. Your instructor should provide you with a Class ID and a Class Enrollment Password. You can not create an account without this information.

1. At Turnitin.com [11], find and click Create Account at the top right of the page.
Screenshot of Turnitin.com site with link for creating a new account highlighted.

2. At the bottom of the Create a User Profile dialogue box, find the area labeled Create a New Account and click Student.
Screenshot of "Create a User Profile" page at Turnitin.com with link to student account type highlighted.

3. Make sure that you have the Class ID and Class Enrollment Password from your instructor and enter them into the appropriate fields to complete the Create New Student Account form.

Enrolling in a class with your Turnitin.com account

If you already have a Turnitin student account, you can enroll in a new class using the Class ID and the Class Enrollment Password your instructor has provided you with.

1. After logging in, click on the Enroll in a Class tab at the top of your home page.
Screenshot of Turnitin.com site from student view with tab labeled "Enroll in a Class" highlighted.

2. Enter the Class ID (this will always be a number) and the Class Enrollment Password. If you do not have this information, contact your instructor.

Joining a Class (0:49)

Submitting a paper

Notes and Tips about Files (expand)

If an assignment is set to allow any file type, Turnitin will accept any file:

  • less than 40mb;
  • has a minimum of 20 words; and
  • is less than 400 pages.

If the assignment is set to allow only file types that Turnitin can check for originality, Turnitin will only accept files that can generate Originality Reports. This includes:

  • Microsoft Word® (.doc/.docx)
  • OpenOffice Text (.odt)
  • WordPerfect®  (.wpd)
  • PostScript (.ps/.eps)
  • HTML
  • Hangul Word Processor file (.hwp)
  • Rich text format (.rtf)
  • Plain text (.txt)
  • Google Docs via Google Drive™
  • Adobe® PDF
  • Microsoft PowerPoint® (.pptx, .ppt, .ppsx, and .pps)
  • Microsoft Excel® (.xls and .xlsx)

Note: If you are using an unsupported word processor, you may need to save your plain text file as .txt or .rtf in order to upload to Turnitin.

Note: If submitting with Google Drive™, third party cookies must be allowed in your browser, otherwise, any attempts to sign into Google to upload from Google Drive will fail. Do not upload Google Doc (.gdoc) files directly to Turnitin; a .gdoc file does not store the document, but contains a reference to it online, in Google Docs.

Note: It is possible to submit PowerPoint® files through Turnitin.com, TurnitinUK.com, Turnitin Basic integrations, newer versions of the Turnitin Direct integrations, and LTI compliant integrations only. Turnitin converts the PowerPoint® slide deck into a static PDF, leaving all text and images in their original format but leaving out features such as presenter notes, embedded video, and animations. Text with visual effects is not supported, and it is recommended that any visual effects such as shadows and 3D be removed prior to submitting to Turnitin.

Note: Turnitin will not accept PDF image files, forms, or portfolios, files that do not contain highlightable text (e.g. a scanned file – usually an image), documents containing multiple files or files created with software other than Adobe Acrobat®.

Note: The version of the file that can be viewed in the Document Viewer will look the same as it would if the Excel file had been saved as a PDF and submitted to Turnitin. We highly recommend that users pay attention to the image preview provided in the single file submission to verify that the file is presented in an acceptable manner.  Users can adjust the way the file looks by editing the page setup and print area settings for the file prior to saving it and submitting it to Turnitin.

Turnitin will not accept the following to generate Originality Reports:

  • Password protected files
  • Microsoft® Works (.wps) files
  • Microsoft Word 2007 macros-enabled .docm files
  • OpenOffice Text (.odt) files created and downloaded from Google Docs online
  • Document (.doc) files created using OpenOffice, as they are not 100% Microsoft Word equivalent
  • Apple Pages
  • Spreadsheets created outside of Microsoft Excel (i.e. .ods)
  • Text with visual effects

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.

Turnitin support resources

Turnitin.com [11] 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. These tutorials can be access at the Turnitin Student QuickStart Guide [12] page. Additional information on submitting papers through Turnitin.com can be found at their student resource center. [13]