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Submitting on Behalf of a Student

You can submit a paper to the Turnitin assignment on behalf of a student from within the Submissions Inbox page.


Click the file upload icon to the right of the student’s name within the student list to initiate your submission.


Note: Instructors are able to submit on behalf of students at any time, even after the post-date of the assignment

File upload


1. Click on the file upload icon for the student to submit on behalf of that student



2. Enter the submission title



3. Drag and drop the file into the drag and drop area of the page




4a. Or use the add a file method by clicking on the Add link.



4b. Select Upload a file from the sidebar



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



4d.  Click on the Upload this file button to upload the selected file



5. Click on the Add Submission button to submit the file



Text Submission


If Text submission was selected within the general Turnitin assignment settings instructors will submit papers by copying and pasting the text they would like to submit to the assignment into a text box.


1. Click on the file upload icon for the student to submit on behalf of that student



2. Enter the submission title



3. Copy and paste the text of the submission into the Text to Submit field



4. Click on the Add Submission button to submit the file



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 maximum file size is defined in the course settings and selected in the assignment set up screen. 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.


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. 

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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12:33, 24 Feb 2016



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