Submit to an assignment
Before getting started
- To submit a paper to an assignment on Turnitin, the user must log in and upload a file to an existing assignment.
- Assignments in Turnitin cannot accept student submissions until the assignment start date and time has passed.
- Assignments may also reject submissions after the due date and time set by the lecturer.
- To check the start date and due date information, either click on the name of the assignment in the class portfolio page or view the start and due dates located under the assignment name.
- This action opens a pop-up window showing assignment preference information, including start and due dates/times as well as other assignment information or special instructions.
After the submission has completed, a digital receipt is displayed in your browser window. A copy is also sent via email. It is important to use a valid email address to receive this copy of the digital receipt. Save the receipt and the submission ID it contains, as this is proof of a completed submission. If the digital receipt is not shown on screen after submission, return to the class portfolio page and view the assignment to ensure the paper submission completed correctly. Submissions can be checked and viewed by clicking on the title of the paper under the title column to the right of the assignment name.
Log in to turnitin.com (or turnitinuk.com if you’re in the UK).
- Once you’ve logged in, you should see your homepage listing the classes you enrolled in.
- Click the name of the class where you’d like to upload a file.
This will take you to your Class Homepage for that class.
Click the Submit button to the right of the assignment name.
This will take you to the file submission page.
- Enter a title for the submission.
- Click the What can I submit? link to review the types of files and file sizes Turnitin can accept.
- Decide whether you’d like to upload a file from:
- the computer you’re using (Our Class will use this)
- Dropbox OR
- Google Drive
- Click on the “computer” submission buttons (computer, Dropbox, or Google Drive).
- Select the file you want to upload.
- Click the Upload button on the file submission page.
- Review the preview panel (and congratulate yourself on getting your paper done).
- Then, you must click the Confirm button to officially upload the file to the assignment.
Resubmitting a paper
If resubmissions have been enabled or an instructor has deleted your first submission, resubmitting a paper is handled in an identical manner as a first-time submission.
For this Asisgnment, students are allowed to resubmit their papers or assignments until they meet the desired levels of similarity or plagiarism.
NB: You are allowed three resubmission attempts where the Similarity Report will generate immediately. After three attempts, you’ll have to wait 24 hours before a new Similarity Report can be generated.
Accessing the Similarity Report and Similarity Score
Turnitin compares papers against an ever expanding database of Internet pages, archived pages that might not be available any more, a subscription repository of periodicals, journals, publications, and a repository of previously submitted papers.
The similarity score is a percentage of the paper’s matches to other sources; it is not an assessment of whether the paper includes plagiarized material. The similarity report is a tool for instructors and students to easily find matches or similar text within submitted work.
- To access a Similarity Report, you must firstly access the main homepage by clicking the All Classes tab from the top of any page
- From the main homepage, select the name of the class to view the class portfolio.
- Find the assignment inbox for the assignment you submitted to. Under the Similarity column, you’ll find your similarity score. This is a numerical and visual indicator of the amount of similarity we found in your work.
Following the link will open the Turnitin Feedback Studio viewer with the similarity layer open so you can read more about any matches we’ve found.
If you see dash under the Similarity column, this means that your report is still being generated and will be updated once processing has finished.
Downloading the Similarity Report
Similarity Reports can be downloaded in PDF format for ease of viewing or to be included along with a physical hand-in. The download will include a snapshot of the current view of the submission you have open.
- After opening the submission you’d like to download the Similarity Report for, select the down arrow download icon from the Feedback Studio toolbar.
- Check which layers you currently have open. To download the Similarity Report, you must have the Similarity layer active.
- Select Current View to start the download of your Similarity Report. The download will also include some extra information about the paper, such as the submission date, submission ID, and word count.
- We’ll now prepare the file for download. For large files, it may take a few minutes. Once the file has been processed, the download will start automatically.
- The final page of the downloaded Similarity Report includes a list of the sources found in the paper. The sources are color coded, and can be used to compare against the on-paper highlighting of the rest of the document.