Additional assignment settings

When creating or editing an assignment, you can view and change additional assignment settings. These settings allow you to alter the similarity and grading settings to better suit your assignment's needs.

This settings area may look different depending on how you are accessing Turnitin. Use the tabs below to choose your access method for Turnitin to find the most accurate information.

If your assignment settings look different than the ones described in the tabs below, and if you are using an integration, check our LMS guidance and navigate to your environment to find the most appropriate instructions.

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Accessing additional assignment settings

  1. If your assignment has already been created:
    1. From your LMS, select the assignment title to be taken into the Assignment Inbox.
    2. Select the gear icon at the top right of the page.
    3. Under the assignment details, select Optional Settings to expand the additional settings area.
  2. If your assignment has not been created:
    1. From your LMS, create a new assignment as you usually would. Fill in the new assignment form as usual.
    2. At the bottom of the page, select Optional Settings to expand the additional settings area.

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Submission settings

Submit papers to

Select which Turnitin repositories students' submissions will be checked against when processing Similarity Reports for submissions. This allows an instructor to disregard a source type if the comparison against this type of source is not needed. The Similarity Score may decrease if a repository option is deselected.

  • Standard paper repository
    • Submissions are stored in the global Turnitin repository.
  • Institution paper repository
    • Submissions are stored in a repository which is only accessible by your institution.
  • Do not store the submitted papers
    • A Similarity Report will be generated for submissions, but submissions will not be stored in the standard repository or the institution’s repository for future comparison.

If you find that this setting is unavailable to you, please contact your administrator to request it to be enabled in their account settings. If your administrator subsequently finds that the setting is also unavailable to them, it is recommended that they speak to their Turnitin account manager.

Allow submissions of any file type

Allow all file types, even those which are not supported by Turnitin and therefore cannot generate a Similarity Report.

Allow late submissions

Allow late submissions to the assignment. When enabled, students will be able to submit papers after the due date.

This setting only applies to students who have not submitted previously to the assignment.

Enable anonymous marking

This setting hides student names within the Assignment Inbox, Similarity Report and online grading until the assignment's feedback release date has passed. Student names may be revealed by selecting the anonymous marking enabled button to reveal the author's name for the paper.

If a student's name is revealed when anonymous marking is enabled, an audit trail will be created and your Turnitin administrator will receive a notification. Revealing student names in any way cannot be undone.

In an effort to maintain anonymity, the student's grade will not appear in the grade book until the feedback release date has passed.

If you find that this setting is unavailable to you, please contact your administrator to activate the anonymous marking feature in their account settings. You cannot enable anonymous marking after the start date of the assignment has passed.

Enable grammar checking using ETS e-rater technology

This setting allows you to enable the e-rater grammar and spelling checker for all submissions to the assignment. When enabled, student submissions receive detailed grammar feedback automatically through the e-rater technology. View our e-rater guidance for more information.

Attach a rubric

This setting applies a rubric to the assignment. If you would like to use a previously created or imported rubric to grade the papers submitted to the assignment, you may use the rubric list dropdown menu to select one. To create a new rubric, select the Launch Rubric Manager button and create a new rubric to attach to the assignment.

Similarity Report settings

Generate Similarity Reports for student submission

This setting enables the generation of Similarity Reports for student submission. Once checked, a dropdown menu will appear with additional options as outlined below.

  • Generate reports immediately (students cannot submit)
    • Similarity Reports for all submissions will be generated immediately. Students cannot resubmit papers. If, for any reason, a resubmission is required when this setting is selected, you must manually delete a student's submission from the Assignment Inbox to allow the student to submit again.
  • Generate reports immediately (students can resubmit until due date)
    • This option is recommended when instructors want to use the Similarity Report as formative feedback. Similarity Reports will be generated immediately for each student's initial submission to this assignment. Students can check their work, make changes as necessary and resubmit the best version of their paper to the assignment.
      • Students may resubmit as often as they wish until the assignment's due date.
      • Similarity Reports for a fourth or subsequent submission will be generated after 24 hours of submission.
      • With resubmissions, only the latest submission's report will be available to both you and the student.
      • Similarity Reports will regenerate within an hour of the due date and time to allow student submissions to compare against one another within the same assignment also known as a collusion check. A collusion check will typically occur within an hour of the due date and time. This means that Similarity Reports will regenerate in order to compare student submissions against one another within the same assignment. In addition, it is possible that the report score will change after a collusion check has occurred.
      • This report regeneration may cause a change in a paper's Similarity Score. No resubmissions are allowed after the due date and time of the assignment.
  • Generate reports on due date (students can resubmit until due date)
    • Similarity Reports will not be generated for any submission until the due date and time of the assignment is reached. Students may resubmit as many times as needed until the due date and time, but will not receive reports during this period. No resubmissions are allowed after the due date and time of the assignment.

Enable Translated Matching

This setting enables the creation of a separate Similarity Report based on an English translation of a student’s non-English submitted paper. View our Translated Matching guidance for more information.

If this setting is unavailable, please contact your Turnitin administrator.

Allow students to view Similarity Reports

This setting allows students to view their Similarity Reports for submissions to this assignment.

Exclude bibliographic materials

This setting excludes text that appears in the bibliography, works cited, or references sections of student papers from being checked for matches when generating Similarity Reports. You can overwrite this setting in individual Similarity Reports.

Exclude quoted materials

This setting excludes quotations from being checked for matches when generating Similarity Reports. You can overwrite this setting in individual Similarity Reports.

Exclude small sources

This setting excludes matches that are not of sufficient length (determined by you) from being considered when generating Similarity Reports. Once this setting has been checked, a box will appear where you can exclude matches by word count or by percentage. You can overwrite this setting in individual Similarity Reports.

Compare against

These options allow you to select the repositories that students' submissions will be checked against when processing Similarity Reports. The Similarity Score may decrease if a repository option is deselected.

  • Student paper repository
    • This option compares current submissions to previous submissions in classes and assignments in Turnitin across institutions.
  • Institution paper repository
    • This option compares current submissions to the repository of student papers unique to your institution.
  • Current and archived internet 
    • This option compares current submissions to a repository of archived and live publicly available internet pages containing billions of pages of existing content and tens of thousands of new pages added daily.
  • Periodicals, journals, & publications
    • This option compares current submissions to third party periodical, journal, and publication content including many major professional journals, periodicals, and business publications.

Exclude assignment template

If you have provided a template document for your students to follow, these can be excluded from the Similarity Report by uploading the template or copying the text into the Create Custom Template field. Once a student has made a submission to the assignment, this feature can no longer be edited. View our template exclusion guidance for more information.

There are some requirements which must be met for a successful template exclusion:

  • Uploaded file templates must be less than 100 MB. If your file exceeds 100 MB, you can reduce its size by removing any images or save the file as a rich text or plain text file. You could also copy the text from the file and paste it into the Create Custom Template text box.
  • Templates must have at least 20 words of text.
  • Accepted file types for upload: Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, WordPerfect, PostScript, PDF, HTML, RTF, OpenOffice (ODT), Hangul (HWP), and plain text.

Additional settings

Save these settings for future use

The option saves the above assignment settings as defaults for the creation of future assignments.

Submit

When you are completed with your changes, select the blue Submit button to save your changes.

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