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Commenting Tools

The In-Context Marking Tool


The in-context marking tool allows you to choose between all of the different marking types that Turnitin offers. Click anywhere on a paper to reveal the in-context marking tool, where you can then click on the relevant icon to leave a mark on the page.


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Inline Comments


Inline comments allow you to leave text directly on top of your student's paper. From the in-context marking tool, choose the T icon and then begin typing your comment. The comment will automatically be saved.



Note: You can move a comment by clicking and dragging it to where you would like to place it.

Deleting an Inline Comment


1. To delete an inline comment, hover over the comment with your mouse and click the trash can icon that appears above the comment. 



3. If you accidentally remove a comment, you can undo this change by clicking Undo in the notification that appears upon deletion, located at the top of the paper. 


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Strikethrough Text


By selecting a piece of text, you have the option to strike through a piece of text, instead of adding an inline comment. Choose the S icon to strike through.


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Deleting a Strikethrough


1. To remove the strikethrough from a piece of text, hover over the text with your mouse and click the trash can icon that appears above.


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2. If you accidentally remove a comment, you will be able to undo the change by clicking Undo in the notification that appears upon deletion. 


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Bubble Comments



1. Bubble comments can be left in two ways. You can leave a bubble comment by clicking directly on the page or by selecting a portion of text.


1a. Click directly on the paper, then select the speech bubble icon from the in-context marking tool to leave a bubble comment.


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1b. Alternatively, select a section of text, then select the speech bubble icon from the in-context marking tool. This will connect the bubble comment to your chosen text.



2. With bubble comments, you can add text, convert text to hyperlinks, and apply simple formatting to your comment. Highlight the text you wish to format and use the formatting tool to bold, italicize, underline, or hyperlink.


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Assigning a Criterion to a Bubble Comment


If you've attached a rubric or grading form to your assignment, you can assign any of the criteria in your rubric or grading form to a bubble comment. The bubble comment will generally be linked to the theme or topic of the rubric criterion.


Note: The Assign Criterion option will only appear within your bubble comment options if a rubric or grading form is attached to the assignment you are marking. Learn how to attach a rubric or grading form here.


1. Click the Assign Criterion button at the top of a bubble comment box. This will reveal a list of your rubric or grading form's criterion, from which you can choose to assign an individual criterion to the bubble comment.



Note: To remove the assigned criterion from the bubble comment, return to this step and click the selected criterion to remove it.


2. The Assign Criterion button will revert to the criterion name, confirming that it has been assigned to the bubble comment.



3. The bubble comment icon will be displayed with a rubric icon inside it.


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You can also view the bubble comments with assigned criterion in the rubric and grading form manager.



Converting a Bubble Comment to a QuickMark


1. For easy reuse in this assignment or other assignments, you can convert your bubble comment into a QuickMark. Click Convert to QuickMark from the bottom right-hand corner of the bubble comment box.


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2. A menu will appear within the bubble comment box. Here, you can set a title and assign the QuickMark to a specific set.


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3. Click the Save button to convert your bubble comment to a QuickMark.


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4. Your QuickMark title will now appear on the paper.


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4a. If your QuickMark has a criterion assigned to it, the criterion icon will appear alongside the QuickMark title.


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Note: To edit the description of the QuickMark, navigate to the QuickMark manager and edit it from within the set you have just assigned, visit the QuickMarks Manager guidance for further instruction.

Deleting a Bubble Comment


1. To remove a bubble comment from the paper, click the blue bubble comment, and click the trash can icon in the bottom left-hand corner of the bubble comment box.

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2. If you accidentally remove a comment, you will be able to undo the change by clicking on the Undo notification that appears upon deletion.


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QuickMarks allow you to create a library of feedback that might be applicable, on multiple occasions, to multiple students, across multiple classes and assignments.

Adding a QuickMark on the Paper


1. You can add a QuickMark to both a selection of text or on the full paper.


1a. To add a QuickMark to the full paper, click on the paper and select the QuickMark icon from the in-context marking tool. This will allow you to choose a QuickMark to leave on the paper.



1b. To add a QuickMark to a selection of text, highlight the section of text you would like to associate the QuickMark with, and click the QuickMark icon from the in-context marking tool. This appears as a tick inside a rectangular box.



2. By clicking the set title at the top of the QuickMark box, this will reveal a dropdown list, allowing you to change the active library.


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3. Click any of the QuickMarks within the library to leave that particular QuickMark on the paper.


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4. To leave a comment alongside your QuickMark, click your QuickMark title from the paper. Scroll to the bottom of the QuickMark information and click in the Add comment field to begin typing.


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5. Click anywhere outside of the comment field to save your comment.


6. A comment left alongside a QuickMark is identifiable by a speech bubble alongside the QuickMark title


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Adding a QuickMark from the Side Panel


You are also able to add QuickMarks by using the side panel. One of the most useful features that is accessible by adding QuickMarks via the side panel is the ability to search through all the QuickMarks currently attached to the account. 


1. Open the QuickMark side panel by selecting the the QuickMark icon in the navigation bar. 



2. The current QuickMark set will be displayed in the side panel. You can use the search box to find a specific QuickMark. 


Note: The search will look at both the title and the body of the QuickMark



3. Once you've found a QuickMark that you'd like to use on the paper drag and drop it onto the relevant part of the paper.

Deleting a QuickMark  


1. Click the QuickMark to open the QuickMark.


2. Click the trash can icon in the bottom left-hand corner of the QuickMark box.


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3. A banner confirming your deletion will appear at the top of your paper. If you change your mind, just click Undo from the banner to reinstate your QuickMark.


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Feedback Summary


Text and voice comments can be accessed from the Feedback Summary side panel. This side panel allows you to provide overall feedback on a paper.


From the online grading toolbar, select the feedback summary icon to open the Feedback Summary side panel.


Voice Comments


1. A voice comment can be up to three minutes long. Click the record button (the leftmost button) to start recording. 



Note: You may have to authorize the use of your computer's microphone before you can begin recording.


2. During recording, the record button will change to a pause button. Click pause to pause the recording.





3a. Should you wish to resume your recording later, click the record button to continue.


Warning: Changing the active paper, or closing the page, will abandon any partially completed audio comment.


3b. To finalize your voice comment, click the stop button.


3c. Alternatively, click the trash can icon to delete your current voice comment.



4. Once you have stopped recording completely, your comment will then be available for playback and can also be saved by clicking the Save icon.



4a. Click the play button to check your recording.


4b. Click the save button to save your recording.


4c. If you need to reset the audio comment and start again, click the discard button (the rightmost button) at anytime. This will delete your current voice comment.

Text Comments


1. You can leave a text comment by navigating to the Feedback Summary side panel. To leave a text comment, simply click in the text box provided, and begin typing.



2. (optional) To delete a comment, click the trash can icon in the top right-hand corner of the Text Comment.



Note: Your comment will automatically save, so you don't have to worry about being timed out.

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