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The Turnitin Assignment Inbox

Locating the Assignment Inbox


The Assignment Inbox allows access to student submissions, where, as an instructor, you can view originality reports and begin grading.


1. After logging into Blackboard, select the Courses tab from the menu at the top of the page.


2.  Select a course from the Course List.



3. Select Course Tools from the left-hand Course Management navigation.



4. From the Course Tools drop-down menu, select Turnitin Assignments. This will show all assignments associated with this course.


5. Select the assignment to view its Assignment Inbox. This allows you to view the papers that have been submitted to the assignment.


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


  • Grade - The grade column indicates GradeMark image availability. A blue pencil icon indicates that a paper is ready to be graded, but has not yet been graded. A grey pencil icon that no submission was made or that GradeMark digital assessment is not available for the class or account. Once a paper is graded, the point value given to the paper will replace the pencil icon in the grade column


  • Response - The response column provides instructors with insight on which students have viewed their graded papers. A grey icon of a person with a check mark notifies the instructor that their student has viewed their graded paper in GradeMark for over 30 seconds. If the student does not view GradeMark for more than 30 seconds, the response column will not update. By hovering over this icon, you will be advised of the date and time that your student viewed GradeMark


  • 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 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 - Allows an instructor to begin submitting a paper or papers to this assignment
  • Delete and Download - These buttons perform the selected action on papers which have a check mark added in the box to the left of the author name


  • Page - if there is more than one page to an assignment inbox, click on the page number to move between the pages of the assignment inbox and view the submissions on the pages


Syncing the Class Roster


Enrolled students will appear in the assignment inbox once they have accessed a Turnitin assignment in the course. To automatically import the student list into the inbox before the students access the assignments or submit papers, an instructor can synchronize the assignment roster. Click on the Roster Sync button in the assignment inbox, which will import a list of all students currently enrolled in the Blackboard course for the assignment. This function can also be used later to remove student users who are no longer a part of the course. All submissions and data for students removed by a Roster Sync will disappear from all Turnitin assignments in the course. 



Warning: Students who are removed by the roster sync function must be re-added to the Blackboard course and the Roster Sync function must be used again to regain access to any submissions, GradeMark commented papers, or other information in the Turnitin assignment for the student.


Viewing Papers 


Every paper submitted to an assignment can be viewed online. To view a paper through the Turnitin web site without saving a copy to the computer, the instructor simply needs to click on the name of the paper under the title column of the assignment inbox. This will open the paper in a new window with the submission and student information as well as the text of the paper. 

Opening the Originality Report


The Turnitin Originality Report can be accessed from the assignment inbox. Under the report column are the icons indicating the percentage of the Overall Similarity Index and the corresponding color on a blue to red scale.



For more information about Originality Reports, please click here to view the Originality Report chapter of the Turnitin Instructor Manual.

Downloading Papers


The instructor may also download and save papers submitted to an assignment. Instructors may download papers one by one, or in a zip file. Instructors on an account with the GradeMark or Peer Review products active may also select whether to download a PDF version of the submission or the original file format.


1. Click on the icon under the file column for the paper to download



2.  (If available) For Peer Review and GradeMark accounts, a pop-up window prompts the user to select Originally Submitted format or PDF format



3. The files will download to be saved on the user’s computer

Bulk Download


Instructors can bulk download papers in either the original or GradeMark formats.

Downloading papers in a zip file:


1. From the assignment inbox, click the check boxes to select the papers that will be downloaded



1a. The user may also select the check box in the column heading to download all papers from all pages of an assignment inbox



2. Click on the download button and select Original File



3. Click on ok to accept the download



4. Select the file format to download in if prompted to do so (GradeMark and Peer Review accounts only)



5. The files will download to be saved on the user’s computer

Downloading GradeMark papers in a zip file


Instructors can bulk download papers in either the original or GradeMark formats.


1. From the assignment inbox, click the check boxes to select the papers that will be downloaded



1a.  The user may also select the check box in the column heading to download all papers from all pages of an assignment inbox



Note: If you select all papers within your class the papers that have not been graded with GradeMark will not be included in the bulk download


2. Click on the download button and select GradeMark Paper 




3. Click on ok to accept the download. A message will appear above your assignment inbox indicating that the selected files are being compressed into a zip file and once compression is complete the file will be available to download in the Turnitin messages inbox



4. The messages inbox will indicate a new message when the file is available for download. Click on the Messages tab



5. Click on the message link. All new messages are given the status New



6. To download the zip file click on the available link(s) 



Note: There may be more than one link due to the large number of files selected for compression. To download all the files that you selected for compression please make sure to click on all available links

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, and date, column headings. Click a second time to re-sort in the opposite direction, e.g. A-Z becomes Z-A



  • deleting unwanted papers - an instructor can delete papers at any time by checking the box to the left of the paper and clicking the delete button. These papers are removed from the assignment inbox but not the submission repository




  • exporting assignment inbox information - an instructor can export the Turnitin assignment inbox as an excel file at any time by clicking on the Export button


Viewing Late Submissions


If a student has not submitted a paper, --no submission -- will show up in place of a paper title. To quickly view which enrolled users have not submitted a paper, sort the inbox by paper title by clicking on the title column heading. 

If a paper is submitted late to an assignment the submission date appears in red. If no submission has been received by the due date and time, late will show up in red in the date column. 




To access GradeMark to grade the student’s paper, click on the pencil icon in the grade column. For more in depth information on using GradeMark please click here to view the GradeMark section of the Turnitin Instructor manual.

Please note that not all accounts have purchased the GradeMark product, if GradeMark has not been purchased. the grademark column will be blank where the GradeMark icon should appear.

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