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Submitting Papers on Behalf of Students

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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.


To submit a paper on behalf of a student first navigate to the content link in the course sidebar and then click View Assignment for the assignment you wish to submit to



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.


1. Select the student from the Student 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



4b. If you have chose text upload copy and paste the submission into the provided textbox



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 to generate an originality report:


  • 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 40 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.

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