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.

3. Optional Settings

  1. Click on the Optional settings link.

click on plus button

  1. Optionally, enter any instructions for students in the Enter special instructions textbox.

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).

  1. Select the Yes radio button for Allow submissions after the due date? to cater for students with extensions. 

Note: All assignments are time/date stamped and late assignments are labelled Late in the Assignment box.

Warning: This setting only allows students without a submission to submit after the due date (i.e. students with extensions who have already submitted before the due date will be unable to submit again). If a student needs to submit again after the due date and have previously submitted, you can submit on their behalf. Refer to the Submit an assignment on behalf of a student guide. 

  1. Select the Yes radio button for Generate Similarity Reports for submissions?

Note: Only the latest submission is available to the instructor or student. No resubmissions are available after the due date and time of the assignment.

Note: It is recommended that students are allowed to submit at least one draft assignment with the Similarity Report as it is a tool to assist students how to properly acknowledge sources as well as highlighting possible plagiarism issues.

Note: The Turnitin Similarity report does not compare assignments submitted by the same student within one course.

  1. From the Generate Similarity Reports for student submissions dropdown list, select either:
  • immediately (can overwrite reports until due date)​
    Students will 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.

Turnitin settings

  • immediately (first report is final)
    If you select this options you will need to create two Turnitin submission links, one for a draft and one for the final submission. Both assignment submission links should have immediately (first report is final) option selected for the setting Similarity report.

Draft and Final Turnitin Assignment submission links

  1. Optionally, select the Yes radio button for Exclude bibliographic materials from Similarity Index for all papers in this assignment?​

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.

  1. Optionally, select the No radio button for Exclude quoted materials from Similarity index for all papers in this assignment?

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.

  1. Optionally, select the No radio button for Exclude small matches?​

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.

  1. Select the Yes radio button for Allow students to see Similarity Reports?

Turnitin settings

  1. Select the Yes radio button for Reveal grades to students only on post date?

Note: Students can also view their mark that is returned to Grade Centre through My Grades. 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.

  1. Select Standard paper repository from the Submit papers to: dropdown list.
  2. Check all checkboxes for Search options:

populate optional settings