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Submitting a Paper

As a Student user you can submit papers to a Turnitin assignment from the Turnitin assignment inbox. To access the assignment inbox, first click on an assignment from the homepage. A new window will open displaying the start, due date, and post date of the assignment. Click on the My Submissions tab to submit to the Turnitin assignment.

 

File Types and Size

 

Turnitin currently accepts the following file types for upload into an assignment to generate a Similarity report:

 

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


The file size may not exceed 40MB. 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. 


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. 


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.

How to Check the Turnitin Assignment Dates

 

To submit a paper to a Turnitin assignment, you fmust upload a file to an existing assignment. Turnitin assignments cannot accept student submissions until the assignment start date and time has passed. Assignments may also reject submissions after the due date and time set by the instructor. 


To check the start date and due date information, click on the Turnitin assignment name on the course homepage. 

 

Submission Types

 

There are two submission types you may use to submit a paper: File Upload or Text Submission. An instructor may set up the assignment to require the you to submit in one of the two submission types or let their students decide which submission type they would like to use.

File Upload

 

The file upload allows you to submit to the assignment by directly loading the file from their 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 Turnitin assignment from the course homepage. This will open up a new window, click on the My Submissions tab to open up the Turnitin assignment submission page

 

 

2. If you are given a choice of which submission type to use to submit to the assignment, you will need to select File Upload. If the assignment requires you to submit by File Upload go to the next step

 

 

3. Enter the submission title

 

 

4. If there is more than one part for the assignment you will need to select which part you are submitting to from the Submission Part pull down menu

 

 

5. Click on the Browse... button to select the file you would like to submit

 

 

6. Before submitting you will need to check the box next to the agreement your institution has provided

 

 

7. Click the Add Submission button to submit your paper

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 Originality Report generated. 

 

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

 

1. Enter the submission title

 

 

2. If there is more than one part for the assignment you will need to select which part you are submitting to from the Submission Part pull down menu

 

 

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

 

 

Tip: To cut and paste text, highlight the text of a paper 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

 

4. Before submitting you will need to check the box next to the agreement your institution has provided

 

 

5. Click on the Add Submission button to submit the text to Turnitin

 

Submissions Inbox

 

Once a submission has been made to a Turnitin assignment, the submission inbox will contain the submitted paper. If the instructor has allowed students to view the Originality Report for their paper, a percentage icon will appear once the report has been generated. If the instructor used GradeMark to grade the paper, then once the post date passes, students will see an pencil icon that will open GradeMark when clicked.

 

 

The My Submissions tab contains the following columns:


Submission: contains the title of the paper submitted and the status of the submission


Submitted: contains the date and time of the submission


Similarity: contains the Originality Report icon for the submission which displays the percentage of text within the paper that matches content in the Turnitin databases

 

Grade: contains the grade received for the paper and the GradeMark icon. Clicking on the GradeMark icon opens up the graded paper in GradeMark. After the post date of the assignment both the grade for the paper and GradeMark will be available to view.


Feedback: if the instructor has left feedback for your paper, the blue number link will show the number of comments an instructor has made. Click on the blue number to view the instructor’s comment(s).

Opening Originality Reports

 

Instructors can choose for each Turnitin assignment whether or not to allow students to view Originality Reports. If a student has been given access to Originality Reports, they can view their report by clicking on an assignment from the homepage. Click on the My Submissions tab. In this screen the student can click on the Originality Report icon to view their Originality Report. 

 

 

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

GradeMark®

 

To access GradeMark, click on the pencil icon in the Grade column. 

 

 

For more in depth information on using GradeMark, please click here to view the GradeMark chapter of the Turnitin Student manual.

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