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File Requirements

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If an assignment is set to allow any file typeTurnitin will accept any of the following:


  • Files less than 40mb

  • Files with a minimum of 25 words

  • Files less than 400 pages

If the assignment is set to allow only file types that Turnitin can check for similarity, Turnitin will only accept files that can generate similarity reports. This includes:

  • Microsoft Word® (.doc/.docx)

  • OpenOffice Text (.odt)

  • PostScript (.ps)

  • HTML

  • 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)


Note: Please access Turnitin via your web browser to submit Hangul Word Processor (.hwp) and WordPerfect® (.wpd) files.


Turnitin will not accept the following to generate similarity 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 (such as .ods)

  • Text with visual effects


Note: For more information on Turnitin's supported and unsupported file types, please click here.

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