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Assignment Submission Dates


After clicking Create Assignment you will be taken to the assignment summary page.

All assignment dates relating to this assignment are shown on the Summary page.

To change any of these dates click the pencil icon on the assignment part you wish to edit.



By clicking on the calendar icon the date/time selector will appear. You can use this to edit the Start, Due and Post dates.



Start Date

The Start Date defines the earliest time a student can make a submission to the assignment part.

Due Date
This is the final date by which the student should have submitted their assignment. If Late Submissions is enabled then submissions made after the due date will be marked as late.

Post Date
This is the date when marks/grades will be made available to students. If anonymous marking is enabled (UK only) this is also the date when marks/grades will be shown to tutors in the Grade centre. (They will, however, appear in the assignment’s Submissions Inbox as soon as they are graded, as the student name remains anonymous until the Post Date.)


Submitting Papers on Behalf of Students


To submit a paper to the Turnitin assignment, first click the View Assignment link in the list of assignments. Within the Turnitin assignment click the Submit tab.



If Any Submission Type was selected during Turnitin Assignment creation in the general settings the submission page will require you to select a submission type. If a specific submission type was selected then the instructor will have to complete the remaining fields before the submission can be made.


Submitting a paper to a Turnitin assignment:


1. Select the student from the Students Name drop down menu who you will be submitting on behalf of



2. Enter the submission title



3. Select the part of the assignment you are submitting the paper to from the drop down menu. If there is only one part to the Turnitin assignment a drop down option will not appear



4. Click on the Choose File button to select the file you would like to submit



5. Click on the Submit button to submit the file



There are two ways for an instructor to submit papers to a Turnitin Assignment:

  • file upload - a single file submission selected by the instructor


  • text submission - submission of text copied and pasted into a Turnitin submission box. May be used to submit from a file format that is not accepted. No images of non-text information can be copied and pasted - only plain text can be accepted

File Types and Size


Turnitin currently accepts the following file types for upload into an assignment:


  • Microsoft Word® (DOC and DOCX)*
  • Corel WordPerfect®
  • HTML
  • Adobe PostScript®
  • Plain text (TXT)
  • Rich Text Format (RTF)
  • Portable Document Format (PDF)
  • OpenOffice (ODT)
  • Hangul (HWP)

The file size may not exceed 20 MB. Files of larger size may be reduced in size by removal of non-text content. Files that are password protected, encrypted, hidden, system files, or read only files cannot be uploaded or submitted to Turnitin.


Note: Text only files may not exceed 2 MB.

Note: PDF documents must contain text to be submitted. PDF files containing only images of text will be rejected during the upload attempt. To determine if a document contains actual text, copy and paste a section or all of the text into a plain-text editor such as Microsoft Notepad or Apple TextEdit. If no text is copied over, the selection is not actual text.

Tip: Users submitting scanned images of a document or an image saved as a PDF will need to use Optical Character Recognition (OCR) software to convert the image to a text document. Manual correction of the resulting document is highly recommended to fix any errors caused by the conversion software.

Note: Some document formats can contain multiple data types. This includes text, images, embedded information from another file, and formatting. Non-text information that is not saved directly within the document will not be included in a file upload. This includes references to a Microsoft Excel® spreadsheet included within a Microsoft Office Word document. 


Note: Users whose files are saved in a file type that is not accepted by Turnitin will need to use a word processing program to save the file as one of the accepted types. Rich Text Format and Plain Text file types are nearly universally available in word processing software. Neither file type will support images or non-text data within the file. Plain text format does not support any formatting, and rich text format supports only limited formatting options. 

Warning: Users who are converting to a new file format will need to save their file with a name different than the original. Any file should be saved with a new file name when converting to plain text or rich text formats to prevent permanent loss of the original formatting or image content of a file.

Viewing the Turnitin Submissions Inbox


Instructors can view the Originality Reports completed for submitted papers by accessing the Turnitin assignment Submissions Inbox. To do this: Click on the Submissions Inbox tab.



The Submissions Inbox displays a list of papers, grades and the Overall Similarity Index associated with each student who has made a submission to the assignment.


Note: If the assignment has multiple parts you will need to click the expand icon for each student, or click the Show all link at the top left of the inbox.




The columns headings in the assignment inbox are:

Student Submission - a column containing the names and assignment title for BlackBoard students in the assignment. Clicking on the name takes you to the BlackBoard user page for that student. If a student is enrolled in the Turnitin system but not enrolled in the BlackBoard system the student is listed as “Non BlackBoard Student”. If the student is subsequently enrolled in BlackBoard the submission will be linked to the student account automatically. The number of submissions made by a student is included in brackets. 

Date Submitted – this column of the report contains the date and time of the submission. Late submissions are color coded red. 
Similarity - this column contains a percentage indicating the overall similarity of the paper to information in the Turnitin repositories, 100% being ‘fully similar’, 0% indicating ‘no similarity’. Clicking on the Similarity % icon opens the Originality Report. 

Grade – this column contains a grade and a pencil icon for editing the grade or if GradeMark has been enabled the column indicates if GradeMark is available. A GradeMark icon shows what papers can be accessed in GradeMark. No icon will appear if a student has not submitted a paper to the assignment or if GradeMark has not been purchased for the account. If the icon is available, click on the comment icon to open a GradeMark window.

Download icon - a paper with a down arrow icon located to the right of the submission. Click on the icon to download a copy of the submission.

Delete icon - a trash bin icon located to the right of the submission. Click on the icon to delete the submission from the inbox.

Refresh Submissions - this option checks with Turnitin to see if more submissions have been entered or if new Originality Reports are available. 


Note: This may take some time if there are a large number of users enrolled.

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