This guide gives you information on setting up a TurnItIn Assignment for the submission of text based assignments. i.e. PDF, Word and PowerPoint files.

An Similarity report can be produced that highlights any text in a student’s assignment that matches sources in the TurnItIn database, including web content, previously submitted assignment and subscription-based journals and publications.

Note: TurnItIn only allows the submission of one file. TurnItIn does not allow the submission of group assignments, consider using the Blackboard Assignment tool for group assignments (refer Assignment Tool page).

Setting up your assignment

Note: TurnItIn assignments would normally be added to the Assessment Content Area. Best practice is to create a folder for all required assessment information. To save confusion for students, the folder should be given exactly the same name as the assignment in the ECP. Refer the Create a Folder guide.

Note: Add an Item inside the folder with instructions for students regarding assignment submission and links to all relevant documents such as the assignment question and marking scheme (if it is not online). Refer the Add an Item guide.

Tip: The following information should be included in the assignment instructions:

  • How the file should be named.
  • The file type/s students may submit.
  • Not to include animated text/images in PowerPoint files.
  • Whether students can view the Similarity report and if can resubmit and obtain a new report.
  • What to do if they have problems uploading their assignment. i.e. Email the assignment to the course coordinator, continue to try to upload the assignment until they are successful and contact AskIT for help if needed.
  • That late assignments may be submitted and that all assignments automatically have a time/date stamp of when they are submitted. (if you set the assignment up to allow late submissions).
  • Include a link to the AskIT instructions on TurnItIn:

  • Assignment submission is a three step process and it is the responsibility of the student to check the assignment preview and confirm that the assignment has been successfully submitted. Students need to keep a copy of the Submission ID as proof they have submitted the assignment.

Creating the TurnItIn assignment submission

  1. Click on the Build Content button.
  2. Click on the Create Assessment button.
  3. Select TurnItIn Assignment from the drop down list.

click on turnitin assignment

  1. Click on the Next Step button.

Enter the below information

Setting Recommendation Comments
Assignment title   Should match the title of the assessment task in the ECP (Electronic Course Profile).
Points value   The mark the assignment is out of (optional). Refer to the Marks / Rubrics / Grading form overview guide for information on options.
Allow only file types that TurnItIn can check for similarity Yes          This setting allows only text based assignments (PDF, Word, PowerPoint) to be submitted.
Allow any file type No This setting allows assignments of any file type to be submitted (PDF, Word, PowerPoint, images, Excel, audio).
Start date   Students are only able to submit assignments after the Start date has passed.
Due date   Students are blocked from submitting assignment after the Due date/time unless late assignment submission is enabled.
Post date   The date when marked assignments and grades are available to students in TurnItIn (initially set well after the due date to give plenty of marking time and to cater for extensions).

populate assignment settings

Optional Settings

  1. Click plus button and open Optional settings.

click on plus button

Setting Recommendation Comments
Enter special instructions Click on the link below to submit your assignment. Text box for adding instructions for students.  

Note: The text displayed is difficult to see (small font and grey) and it is recommend that you create an item with instructions for students regarding assignment submission and links to all relevant documents such as the assignment question and marking scheme (if it is not online).

Allow submissions after the due date?

Yes This will cater for students with extensions or students who have difficulty submitting the assignment.
All assignments are time/date stamped and late assignments are labelled late in the Assignment box.

Setting Recommendation Comments
Generate Similarity Reports for submissions? Yes  
Generate Similarity Reports for student submissions immediately (can overwrite reports until due date)

immediately (first report is final)
Similarity Reports for all submissions will be generated immediately. Students cannot resubmit assignments. Submissions must be deleted by the instructor to enable resubmission.  

immediately (can overwrite reports until due date)
Students receive a Similarity report for the initial submission and the next three resubmissions immediately. Any subsequent resubmissions will require students to wait 24 hours for a report. Students may resubmit as often as the student wishes until the assignment due date. 

Note: This option is considered best practice, with the Similarity Report used as a tool to teach students how to properly acknowledge sources as well as highlighting possible plagiarism issues.
Only the latest submission is available to the instructor or student. No resubmissions are available after the due date and time of the assignment.

on due date
Similarity Reports will not be generated for any submission until the due date and time of the assignment. Students may resubmit as many times as needed until the due date and time without receiving reports. Resubmissions may not be made after the due date and time of the assignment.

Exclude bibliographic materials from Similarity Index for all papers in this assignment? Yes This option allows you to control whether bibliographical material will automatically be excluded from the Similarity Reports.
Note: Selecting No will increase the percentage match in the Similarity Report. Bibliographic materials can also be included and excluded when viewing the Similarity Report. This setting cannot be modified after the first assignment has been submitted.
Exclude quoted materials from Similarity index for all papers in this assignment?




This option will allow you to check quotations (with quotation marks) as their source will be highlighted.
Note: Selecting No will increase the percentage match in the Similarity Report.
Quoted materials can also be included and excluded when viewing the Similarity Report. This setting cannot be modified after the first assignment has been submitted.
Exclude small matches? No This setting allows you to automatically exclude small matches from all Similarity Reports.  
It may be useful to turn this setting on in disciplines that have many common phrases such statistics. Warning: If you decide to use small matches, avoid using the Percentage option as this ignores text matches equal to a percent of the total word count. E.g. 2% of a 3000-word assignment would mean it will exclude matches of less than 60 words.
Small matches can also be included and excluded when viewing the Similarity Report.
Allow students to see Similarity Reports? Yes This setting gives you the option to control if student can view the Similarity report.

Setting Recommendation Comments
Reveal grades to students only on post date? Yes This setting allows you to determine when feedback and marks are revealed to students.
Note: You set the post date when you started setting up the assignment.
Note: Student can also view their mark that is returned to Grade Centre through My Grade. You need to ensure the assignment column is also hidden to students in Grade Centre (refer Show/Hide Column to Students guide on the Grade Centre tool page.
Submit papers to: Standard paper repository Selecting this option means the assignment will be submitted to the TurnItIn assignment bank.  
All assignments submitted to TurnItIn, in any course anywhere in the world are compared to assignments in this bank. You may not wish to submit a papers to this bank if they are only a drafts (which will be submitted to another TurnItIn assignment link in the future) or if you wish to submit a draft research paper.
Search Options Select all options This allows an instructor to disregard a source type if the comparison against this type of source is not needed.

populate optional settings


Refer the guides Create a Standard Rubric, Create a Custom Rubric, Create a Qualitative Rubric and Create a Grading Form for instructions on creating and attaching a rubric/grading form to the assignment.

Refer to the Marks / Rubrics / Grading form Overview for information on the different marking options.

Note: TurnItIn in rubrics are different to Blackboard rubrics. It is not possible to use a Blackboard rubric in TurnItIn.

Note: The availability of rubrics is based on who is logged on, not what Blackboard course the TurnItIn is accessed from. Your tutors will be able to use the rubric you attached for marking though it will not be available to them from the rubric list.

Submit the TurnItIn assignment

Setting Recommendation Comments
Would you like to save these options as your defaults for future assignments? Yes This allows you to save these settings as the default for all assignment you set up in TurnItIn in the future.
  1. Click on the Submit button.

click submit

  1. Click the OK button to close the warning about the post date.

click ok

  1. Click the OK button to return to the Assessment page.

click ok

view complete button

Note: TurnItIn assignments only contain the list of students who were in your course when the assignment was created. If more students have enrolled after you create your assignment you will need to update the class list so those students can submit their assignments (refer Roster sync).

Include the Column in Grade Centre Calculations

  1. From the Control Panel, select Grade Centre > Full Grade Centre.

grade centre and full grade centre

  1. Click on the down arrow for the assignment column you just created.
  2. Select Edit Column Information from the drop-down menu.

arrow and edit column information

  1. Select Yes for Include this Column in Grade Centre Calculations.
  2. Click on the Submit button.

include column in grade centre calculations and submit