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Creating a Paper Assignment

Creating an Assignment


All submissions by students are made to assignments in a Turnitin class. Assignments for a given class are created, displayed, and modified from the class homepage.


1. To reach the class homepage, you must firstly access the main homepage by clicking the All Classes tab from the top of any page


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2. From the main homepage, the instructor must click on the name of the class to view the class portfolio


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3. In the class portfolio, click on the Add Assignment button 



4. On the next page, enter the Assignment title.



5. Select the start and due dates for the assignment. Specific times are also selected. Students are only able to submit once the start date and time has passed. After the due date and time, students will be blocked from submitting papers, unless late submissions are enabled


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6. Select whether the assignment will require Originality Reports for submissions or whether any file type can be uploaded. The default option is to Allow only file types that Turnitin can check for originality. For assignments that do not require Originality Reports, you can select Allow any file type. This allows instructors to leave feedback on every file type.



Advanced Assignment Options


When creating a paper assignment, the user may select to view and change any of the advanced assignment options. The advanced assignment options are viewed by clicking the + Optional Settings link.


1Enter special instructions to your students about the assignment


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2. Select whether you wish to allow submissions after the due date of the assignment. If set to Yes, students will be able to submit to the assignment after the due date, providing they have not previously made a submission. If set to No, students will not be able to submit after the due date of the assignment.


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Originality Report Settings


Select whether you would like Originality Reports to be generated for submissions to the assignment. If you have chosen to set this to Yes, continue to step 2. If you prefer to set this option to No, please skip to step 3.


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If the assignment is set to accept any file type Turnitin will only generate Originality Reports for the following file types:


Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, WordPerfect, PostScript, PDF, HTML, RTF, OpenOffice (ODT), Hangul (HWP), Google Docs (submitted via the Google Drive submission option), plain text files.

Report Generation and Resubmission Options


Select from the dropdown list when, after student submission, that you would like Originality Reports to be generated. There are three options for this assignment setting:


  • Immediately (first report is final) - Originality Reports for all submissions will be generated immediately. Students cannot resubmit papers. Submissions must be deleted by the instructor to enable resubmission.


  • Immediately (can overwrite reports until due date) - Originality Reports for the initial submission by each student user to this assignment will be generated immediately. Students may resubmit as often as the student wishes until the assignment due date. Originality Reports for the second or subsequent submission will require a 24 hour delay before the Originality Report begins processing. Only the latest submission is available to the instructor or student. Previous versions are removed. Originality Reports will regenerate within an hour of the due date and time to allow student submissions to compare against one another within the assignment. A change in the Originality Report similarity index may result from the regeneration of the reports. This option is typically used when students are self-reviewing and revising their submissions and able to view the Originality Report. No resubmissions are allowed after the due date and time of the assignment.


  • On due date - Originality Reports will not be generated for any submission until the due date and time of the assignment. Students may resubmit as many times as needed until the due date and time without receiving reports. Resubmissions may not be made after the due date and time of the assignment.


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Excluding the Bibliography


Select whether you would like text appearing in the bibliography, works cited, or references sections of assignments to be excluded from being checked for matches in the Similarity Index when generating Originality Reports. This setting can be overridden in individual Originality Reports.


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Excluding Quotes


Select whether you would like text appearing in the quotes of an assignment to be excluded from being checked for matches in the Similarity Index when generating Originality Reports. This setting can be overridden in individual Originality Reports.


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Excluding Small Matches


Select whether you would like to exclude matches that are not of sufficient length (determined by yourself) from being considered when generating Originality Reports. This setting can be overridden in individual Originality Reports. If you have chosen to set this to Yes, continue to step 8b. If you prefer to set this option to No, please skip to step 10.


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Once yes has been selected, a yellow box will appear. Here, you can exclude matches by word count, through entering the amount of words that you would like to exclude from being considered when generating Originality Reports.


Alternatively, you can also exclude matches by percentage, through entering the percentage of words that you would like to exclude from being considered when generating Originality Reports.


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Instructors can adjust the exclude small matches assignment setting at any time by clicking on the edit icon to the right of the assignment name. The excluding small matches feature can also be adjusted within each Originality Report. With this feature, instructors have greater control over sifting out smaller matches, allowing them to focus on larger, more problematic and suspect matches within Originality Reports.

Allowing Access to Originality Reports


Choose whether you would like your students to view the Originality Reports for their submissions to this assignment. This option gives instructors more flexibility and control when creating assignments.


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Repository Options


If the repository options are enabled for an instructor by the administrator, two or four options will appear within the Submit papers tdropdown list. Select from the dropdown list where you would like papers to be submitted to. The settings provide you with the ability to select whether papers are stored in a Turnitin standard paper repository, your institution's paper repository, the student's choice of paper repository, or no repository at all.


The benefit of submitting papers to the standard paper repository is that student papers submitted to the assignment are checked against other institutions' student submissions. However, by selecting to submit papers to the institution's paper repository, this means that the assignment will only be checked against other students' submissions within the institution. If you select no repository, your students' papers will not be stored in the Turnitin standard paper repository or the institution's paper repository, therefore meaning that the papers will not be checked for collusion between students of the same or different institutions.


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The search options setting allows you to select which Turnitin repositories students' submissions will be checked against when processing Originality Reports for papers. This allows an instructor to disregard a source type if the comparison against this type of source is not needed. The similarity index percentage may decrease if a repository option is de-selected.

The available search targets are listed under Search options. The targets with a check mark are those that will be searched. To remove a search target repository, click on the check box to remove the check mark. Clicking on an empty selection box next to the repository will re-add the repository as a search target. This selection will not alter any currently generated Originality Reports or Overall Similarity Index scores.

The currently available search targets are:


  • Student paper repository - works previously submitted in classes and assignments on Turnitin

  • Institution paper repository - a repository of student papers for the institution

  • Current and archived internet - a repository of archived and live publicly available internet pages containing billions of pages of existing content and tens of thousands of new pages added daily

  • Periodicals, journals, & publications - third party periodical, journal, and publication content including many major professional journals, periodicals, and business publications



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Changing Advanced Assignment Option Defaults

If any changes have been made to the advanced assignment options, an additional option will be available at the bottom of the options panel. The instructor is asked Would you like to save these options as your defaults for future assignments? Select yes to have all future assignment creations use the advanced assignment options that have been selected as the default setting. Select no to continue with the previous default advanced assignment option settings. 


The default settings can be changed at any time when creating a new assignment or updating an existing assignment. 


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