This guide gives you information on setting up a Turnitin Assignment for the submission of non-text based assignments. i.e. image, audio, excel files.

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).

Note: Similarity reports are not produced for non-text based assignments.

Note: Only image files can be directly annotated with comments when marking, you can add comments to a blank page for other file types. Refer to the Mark Non-Text Assignments guide.

3. Optional Settings

  1. Click on the Optional settings link.

optional settings in turnitin

  1. Select Do not store the submitted papers from Submit papers to drop-down list.
  2. Check Allow submission of any file type checkbox. This setting allows assignments of any file type to be submitted (PDF, Word, PowerPoint, images, Excel, audio).
  3. Check Allow late submissions checkbox. 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.
  4. Uncheck Attach a rubric checkbox.
  5. Uncheck all the 3 boxes under Compare against section.
  6. Select Generate reports immediately (students can resubmit until due date) from Generate Similarity Reports for student submission drop-down list.
  7. Uncheck all the 4 boxes below.
  8. Check Save these settings for future use checkbox in Additional settings section.
  9. Click on the Submit button.


  1. The Success! screen will be displayed.

success screen

  1. The Turnitin assignment submission link will then appear in the folder you have created it in. 

turnitin submission link