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Submitting a Paper

Student users of Turnitin submit papers to a class from the class portfolio page. The class portfolio page is viewed by clicking on the name of the class from the student homepage. The class portfolio page lists assignments created by the instructor for students to submit to. 

 

 

Note: If there are no assignments listed, students will not be able to submit any papers to the course until the assignments are created. Ensure that the correct course is being accessed and contact the instructor if no assignments are available to submit to. Only the instructor controlling the class will be able to create assignments for students in the class.

 

Note: Anonymous marking is now available for all assignments, globally. Anonymous marking is a system of assessment where a student's name and any other identifiable information is unknown to an instructor. Speak to your institution administrator for more information on this method of marking. 

File Types and Size

 

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)

 

NoteIf 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. Note that Google Drive functionality is not supported with IE8 or below. 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. 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.

Submitting a Paper

 

To submit a paper to an assignment on Turnitin, the user must log in and upload a file to an existing assignment. Assignments on 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 instructor. 


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.


Note: After the submission has been completed on step 7 below, a digital receipt is displayed in your browser window. A copy is also sent via e-mail to the address for the user login. It is important to use a valid e-mail 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.


Warning: 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.

 

1. Start by clicking on the class name you would like to submit to after logging in to Turnitin

 

 

2. Click on the Submit button to the right of the assignment name

 

 

3. If necessary, select single file upload from the Submit: pull down menu

 

 

4. Enter a title for the submission

 

 

5. Once the requirements for single file upload have been reviewed, students have a choice to upload a file from: 

  • the computer
  • Dropbox 
  • or Google Drive


Click one of the submission buttons and then select the file you would like to upload

 

 

6. Click Upload to upload the file

 

 

7. Review the preview panel. Click the Confirm button to upload the file to the assignment

 

 

8. After the submission is complete a digital receipt is displayed on screen. A copy is also sent via e-mail to the address for the user login. Save the receipt and the submission id it contains, as this is proof of a completed submission.

 

 

The digital receipt contains a unique submission id number, the name of the user profile submitting, the assignment title, the paper title given by the submitting party, the file name, the file size, the page count, word count, character count, the submission date, as well as the body text of the file submitted.

Cut and Paste Submit

 

Note: If the add to: pull-down menu appears within the submit paper screen, select whether to store your paper in the standard paper repository or in the institution paper repository.

 

1. Start by clicking on the class name you would like to submit to after logging in to Turnitin

 

 

2. Click on the Submit button to the right of the assignment name

 

 

3. Select cut & paste upload from the Submit drop down menu

 

 

4. Fill in the submission title field and copy the text from the text document. This must be done from a word processor able to open the file you wish to submit content from. Do not manually type an entire paper in the copy/paste field, which could cause the user login to time-out, losing all the entered data

 

 

Tip: To cut and paste text, highlight the text of a paper in a word processing or text editing program and select copy from the edit menu. To transfer the text into your browser, place your mouse cursor in the text box of the submission page and select paste from your browser’s edit menu

 

5. Click Upload to complete the cut and paste submission of the text pasted into the content box

 

 

After the submission has been completed on step 5 a digital receipt is displayed on screen. A copy is also sent via e-mail to the address for the user login. Save the receipt and the submission id it contains, as this is proof of a completed submission.


The digital receipt contains a unique submission id number, the name of the user profile submitting, the paper title given by the submitting party, the assignment title, and the e-mail address for the user submitting, as well as the body text of the file submitted.

Viewing Submitted Files

 

After a submission has been completed it will be immediately available to view from the class portfolio page for the student or the assignment inbox of the instructor. Submissions made previously can be viewed in any active or expired class that the student is still enrolled in on Turnitin. Instructors may delete classes or unenroll students which prevents the student from viewing submissions that were made in the class.


Every paper that has been submitted can be viewed by clicking on the View button next to the assignment name. This will open a new window in a separate screen that displays the paper information in the heading at the top and the full text of the paper beneath.

 

Downloading Submitted Papers and Digital Receipts

 

Previously submitted papers can be downloaded by the student user. This allows a student user to download and save a copy of any submission in the class made by this user. The downloadable version of the file is in the original format of the submission, indicated by the file type name to the right of the file download icon. Some accounts allow the student to select either the PDF version or the original format version to download.


Students may download the digital receipt for submissions at any time from the student’s class home page.

 

To download a file navigate to the Turnitin class home page for the class the file was submitted to. 


Click on the download button to view and select one of the three download options: Originally submitted format, PDF format, and Digital receipt.

 

 

Some users may be prompted by pop-up windows or toolbar icons on their web browser to continue and approve the download or open the file.

Resubmitting a Paper

 

Some assignments may allow students the ability to overwrite their previous submissions until an assignment's due date. This option is activated by an instructor on an assignment-by-assignment basis. If resubmissions are not enabled, your instructor must manually delete your previous submission to allow you user to submit your second file.

 

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.

Similarity Report Generation after Resubmission

 

After clicking the Resubmit button for an assignment, a warning message will appear. The message serves to notify you that, if available, resubmissions made to an assignment will encounter a 24-hour processing period for similarity report generation. This applies to all resubmissions after the first submission made by any student user in any assignment. Reports cannot be forced by your instructor or Turnitin staff. Please wait for this 24-hour period to elapse before making an enquiry.

Uploading Multiple Files to One Assignment

 

Only a single file may be submitted to a Turnitin assignment. Any second or subsequent submission will overwrite the original submission in this assignment. Contact your instructor if there is more than one file that must be submitted to complete the directions given by your instructor; additional assignments may be created or you may need to combine multiple documents into a single file of an acceptable file type to be uploaded into Turnitin.

Assignment Types

 

Instructors may create different assignment types based on the Turnitin products that have been purchased. The full list of assignment types is: 

 

  • Paper Assignment - the standard Turnitin assignment, allowing students a single submission of a file which can then be viewed by the instructor or used with other. Turnitin products on the account.
  • Revision Assignment - a copy of a Paper Assignment which an instructor may create to allow for revisions or rewrites. 
  • Reflection Assignment - an assignment for submitting self-written assessment of the writing process of a Paper Assignment. Based on a specific Paper Assignment.
  • PeerMark Assignment - an assignment which allows students to peer-review the papers written by other students in a Paper Assignment. Students are given free response and scale questions for the review. Peer reviews may be anonymous, and allow students to comment directly on the paper. 

Training Video: Submitting a File or Paper

 

 

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