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Submitting a Paper

To submit a Blackboard Direct assignment, the file must be uploaded to an existing assignment that has been created by an instructor. Turnitin cannot accept student submissions until the assignment's start date & time. Students may submit an assignment anywhere up to the due date and time.

 

Turnitin may reject an assignment after the due date and time has elapsed. However, a submission may be permitted after the due date and time if your instructor has enabled Late Submissions. Please check with your instructor to clarify whether Late Submissions has been enabled in your assignment.

 

To check the start date and due date information, click the Content link via the left-hand menu of the course homepage. By clicking the View Assignment link in your list of assignments, which will take you to the Submissions Inbox.

 

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The post date and time details your instructor's deadline for providing assignment feedback to you. Please consult your instructor for further information on this date and time, and its flexibility.​

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)


The file size may not exceed 40 MB. Files of larger size may be reduced in size by removal of non-text content or the instructor may be contacted to request multiple assignments to submit the document in sections.


Note: Text only files may not exceed 2 MB. 


PDF File 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.

 

PDF 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.

 

Embedded Links 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. 

File Type 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. 

 

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.

 

Submission Types

 

There are two submission types a student may use to submit a paper: File Upload or Text Submission. Your instructor may set up the assignment to require the assignment to be submitted in only one of the two available submission types or allow their students to decide which submission type they would like to use.

File Upload

 

The file upload submission type allows you to submit to an assignment through directly loading the file from your computer. 

 
Warning: Make sure that the file type you are submitting can be accepted by Turnitin.


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.

 

1. Click on the View Assignment link from your list of assignments. Locate this page by selecting Content from the course homepage menu at the left-hand side of the page.

 

Click the Submit tab to open the assignment submission page.

 

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2. If you are given a choice of which submission type to use to submit your assignment, you will need to select File Upload under Submission Method.

 

If the assignment requires you to submit by File Upload, please go to the next step.

 

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3. Enter the submission title

 

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4. If there is more than one part to your assignment, you must select which part you are submitting from the Submission Part. Click the dropdown menu and select the relevant part.

 

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5. Click on the Choose File... button to select the file that you would like to submit. This will open a dialog box, allowing your to locate your assignment in your computer.

 

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6. If your instructor has enabled this option, before submitting the assignment, you must check the box next to Notice.

 

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7. Click the Submit button to submit your paper. This button is located at both the top and bottom of the Submissions Inbox page.

 

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8. Upon submission, a green box advising you that the paper has been successfully submitted will appear above the assignment title. Alternatively, if any issues have occurred, you must correct these before attempting to submit again.

 

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Text Submissions

 

The cut and paste submission option allows users to submit information from non-supported word processors or file types, or to only submit specific parts or areas of a document that may need an Similarity Report generated.


Please note that only text can be submitted via the cut and paste method - any graphics, graphs, images, and formatting will be lost when pasting into the text submission box. 

 

1. Click on the View Assignment link from your list of assignments. This can be found via the Content link on the left-hand side of the course homepage. Click the Submit tab to open the assignment submission page.

 

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2. Enter the submission title

 

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3. I If there is more than one part to your assignment, you must select which part you are submitting from the Submission Part. Click the dropdown menu and select the relevant part.

 

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4. Copy the text you want to submit and paste it within the text box

 

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Tip: To cut and paste text, highlight the text of your assignment 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. If your instructor has enabled this option, before submitting the assignment, you must check the box next to Notice.

 

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6. Click the Submit button to submit your paper. This button is located at both the top and bottom of the Submissions Inbox page.

 

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7. Upon submission, a green box advising you that the paper has been successfully submitted will appear above the assignment title. Alternatively, if any issues have occurred, you must correct these before attempting to submit again.

 

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