This guide will walk you through the process of setting up a Turnitin Assignment for the submission of text based assignments (i.e. PDF, Word and PowerPoint files).

Video Guide

Create a Turnitin assignment (YouTube, 3m 20s)

Similarity Report

A Similarity Report can be produced and 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.

Multiple file submissions and group assignments

Turnitin only allows the submission of one file. Turnitin also does not allow the submission of group assignments, consider using the Blackboard Assignment tool for group assignments that do not require a Similarity Report.

Draft submissions

It is recommended that students be permitted to submit at least one draft of their assessment for checking before the final submission. If you only allow one draft to be submitted, you will need to set up a separate Turnitin Assignment submission link for the final submission.

1. Setting up your assignment

It is recommended that all Turnitin assignment links are added within the Assessment section in the Course Menu. Best practice is to create a folder for all required assessment information. To avoid student confusion, the folder should be given exactly the same name as the assignment in the ECP. Refer the Create a Folder guide.

Tip: 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). For step-by-step instructions, refer the Add an Item guide. 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 AskUS 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.