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Quick Start Guide


New to Turnitin? We're glad to have you with us! On this page, you'll find everything you need to get started with Turnitin. We'll start by helping you create your account all the way through to submitting your first file and viewing any feedback your instructor has left you. 


There are a couple of ways your instructor can add you to a class. They can either add you to a class directly using your email address or give you a class ID and enrollment key to let you self-join. Both ways will create the exact same type of account.




If your instructor has supplied you with a Class ID and join key:



If you are not already a Turnitin user, you'll need to create an account. Navigate to our website in your browser, and select the Create Account link. For UK users you can find this link on For everyone else, you'll find the link on


You'll be taken to the account creation page (or here if you are in the UK). On this page, you can pick what type of account you are trying to create. For new student users, it's as simple as selecting Student from the Create a New Account section.


On the Create a New Student Account page, you'll first be asked for the Class ID and Join Key that your instructor should have already supplied you with. Enter these details into the relevant fields. 


The rest of the form will ask for some basic information about you, your name and email address, ask you to create a password and choose a security question, and to confirm you are not a robot using ReCaptcha. 


Once you've finished entering your information, please take a few minutes to read over our terms and conditions. If everything looks good, select the 'I Agree -- Create Profile' button to finish creating your account.

If your instructor has added you to a class, and you've received an email from Turnitin:



You'll receive an email from titled Log in to your Turnitin Account. In this email, find the Create Your Password button and select it. 


Enter your email address and your last name. This is to confirm the details your instructor has given us are correct before we create your account. Select the Next button when you're done.

If you are entering the correct information but receiving an error message the information your instructor supplied Turnitin with may be incorrect. Get in touch with your instructor and they can make any corrections you need.



We'll send you another email with a verification link titled Create Your Turnitin Password. You'll have 24 hours to open this email and follow the link. 


The email will link out to the Create Your Password page. Create a password for your account, you'll use this to log in to Turnitin in the future. Passwords must be between 6 and 12 characters and contain at least one number and one letter. Select the Create Password field when you're done. 


You're now good to go! You can login to Turnitin using the details you just created.


Student Homepage

The Student Homepage is the first page you see after logging in to Turnitin. You'll see a list of all the classes that you are currently enrolled in. Select the name of your class to open your assignment inbox.

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Assignment Inbox

The Assignment Inbox is your home for any assignment you might be working on. You'll find the relevant dates for the assignment, and most importantly when you have to complete it by, along with any rubrics your instructor has attached to the assignment. The Assignment Inbox where you'll also view any feedback from your instructor. 

Select the blue Submit button when you are ready to upload your file to Turnitin. 



Submitting a paper


From the Assignment Inbox, select the Submit button relevant to your assignment. 


The paper submission page will open. Enter a title for your paper.


There are multiple ways to upload to Turnitin. Select Choose from this computer to pick a file that you have saved on your computer. If your file exists in Google docs or Dropbox you can upload directly from there. 


Turnitin accepts submissions in these formats:

Microsoft Word™ (DOC and DOCX)
Corel WordPerfect®
Adobe PostScript®
Plain text (TXT)
Rich Text Format (RTF)
Portable Document Format (PDF)
Microsoft PowerPoint (PPT, PPTX, and PPS)
Hangul (HWP)


If the assignment is set to accept any file type, students may upload any file type to the assignment.


Once you've selected your file, select the Upload button to upload your paper.


We'll then show you a preview of the paper and some details about it for you to look over. With this extra information check to see if the right file has been uploaded. The preview of the paper will show if there have been any formatting issues. If everything looks good, select the Confirm button to send your paper to your instructor.

Your submission is not complete until you've confirmed your submission. 


If your submission is successful, you'll see your digital receipt. You can print this page or view it later from within Turnitin Feedback Studio. We'll also email you a copy to your email address. 


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Viewing your Similarity Report

From the Assignment Inbox, select the Similarity Report icon to the right of your assignment. Need a little help working out what it all means? Check out our Interpreting the Similarity Report guidance


If the Assignment Inbox says that your Similarity Report is not available, your instructor has set up your assignment to not allow students to view it. 




Viewing instructor feedback

If your instructor has provided feedback on your paper, you will be able to view it once the post date for the assignment has passed. 


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