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.

2. Creating the Turnitin assignment submission

  1. Hover your mouse over the Assessments menu.
  2. Select Turnitin Assignment from the drop down list.

click on turnitin assignment

  1. Click on the Next Step button.
  2. Enter the title in the Assignment title textbox.

Note: This should match the title of the assessment task in the ECP.

  1. Optionally, enter the points in the Point value textbox. Refer to the Marks / Rubrics / Grading form overview guide for information on options. 
  2. Select the Allow only file types that Turnitin can check for similarity radio button.
  3. Select the start date by using the Date Selection Calendar and enter the time using the drop down.

Note: Students are only able to submit assignments after the Start date has passed.

  1. Select the due date by using the Date Selection Calendar and enter the time using the drop down.

Note: Students are blocked from submitting assignment after the Due date/time unless late assignment submission is enabled.

  1. Select the post date (when marked assignments and grades are available to students in Turnitin) by using the Date Selection Calendar and enter the time using the drop down.

Tip: Initially set well after the due date to allow for marking time and to cater for extensions. Set yourself a reminder to change the Post Date in your calendar for when you think you will have completed the marking.

populate assignment settings