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The Assignment Inbox

Accessing the Assignment Inbox


Each assignment in a class has an assignment inbox. The assignment inbox contains any submissions that have been made by students or the instructor to the assignment.


1. To access the assignment inbox, click the All Classes tab, which will direct you to the Instructor homepage.


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2. From the Instructor homepage, click on the class name of the assignments you wish to access. You will be directed to the class homepage

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3. From the Class homepage, click on the View link under the Actions column next to the assignment that you wish to access


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Elements of the Assignment Inbox


The assignment inbox is a sorted list of columns containing information regarding submissions in an assignment. The assignment inbox can be organized by any of the criteria listed - for example, clicking on the column heading name of author will sort the contents of the assignment box by author last name from A to Z. Clicking the column heading again will sort it again by the reverse of the criteria, from Z to A.


The column headings in the assignment inbox are:


  • Author - A column containing the names of any enrolled students and the names given for any non-enrolled instructor uploaded papers in the assignment. Clicking on the name of the author opens the class portfolio page for any enrolled students. Enrolled student names are underlined and lettered in blue


  • Title - The title given for any paper submitted. If there is no submission for a user, this field will list "no submission". Clicking on the title of a paper will open a text version of the paper with submission information, but no Originality Report data, to allow an instructor to view the student paper


  • Similarity - The Similarity column contains the Similarity Report icon. The icon contains a percentage indicating the overall similarity of the paper to information in the Turnitin repositories: 100% being ‘fully similar’, 0% indicating ‘no similarity’. The icon is rectangular and contains the percentage number and the corresponding color. If only a grayed out icon is available, the report is not ready. A dash in the report column indicates no submission or that no Similarity Report is generated based on assignment settings. For more information, see the Viewing Similarity Reports section of this guide


  • File - A page icon will appear in the file column if a submission has been uploaded to Turnitin. If there was no submission made, a dash will appear. Click on the page icon to download a copy of the submission as originally uploaded by the student to the assignment


  • Paper ID - The unique numeric ID number assigned to every submission made to Turnitin. This column contains a dash if no submission was made. The paper ID is also provided to students or instructors when submitting by file upload or copy and paste as part of the digital receipt


  • Date - The date of a submission. Any dates shown in red indicate a late submission made after the due date and time of an assignment. The format is day-month-year. If no submission was made after the due date/time for a student, this column shows (late) in red. If the due date has not passed, students in the class with no submissions have a dash in this column.


The assignment inbox also contains a number of items in the assignment inbox panel at the top of the assignment inbox. The items are:


  • All papers
  • Marked papers
  • Viewed papers
  • New papers


These allow an instructor to select which folder of an assignment inbox to view. By default, all papers are in the new papers folder. Papers can be moved between folders in the assignment inbox by using the move to function. Papers only can be placed in a single folder. Selecting a folder will display only that folder unless all papers is selected, which shows every submission in an assignment.


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  • Submit button - Allows an instructor to begin submitting a paper or papers to this assignment


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Organizing the Assignment Inbox


Turnitin offers the instructor user many methods to organize papers in the assignment inbox to assist with handling large classes or simply to quickly sort the submissions and Originality Reports in an inbox. 

The following are the ways an instructor is able to organize the assignment inbox:


  • Sorting by column header - Click any of the following column names to sort the inbox by that column: author, title, similarity, grade,  paper ID and date. Click a second time to re-sort in the opposite direction
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  • Delete - By ticking the checkbox for a particular paper, the delete option will appear above. This will allow you to delete the paper

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  • Download - By ticking the checkbox for a particular paper, the download option will appear above. Select from the Download dropdown list whether you would like to download the original paper or the original paper as a PDF

  • In selecting Original File, a dialog box will appear advising you that the file will be compressed and downloaded to your computer. Click OK to accept, or Cancel to abort the procedure. For large files, you will be notified in your Turnitin messages tab when the file is available for download after compression.


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  • Move to - By ticking the checkbox for a particular paper, the move to... option will appear above. This button will allow you to move papers to the viewed or marked folders. You will be directed to the move paper(s) page, where you can select the destination folder and destination assignment from their respective dropdown lists. Click submit to confirm this move

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