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Turnitin: How do I use Turnitin?

Submitting your assignment

Access your Originality Report

Quick Notes

1. You access Turnitin through Moodle.
2. Your first report should generate quickly, within 5 to 15 minutes.
3. It will take at least 24 hours to generate a report for each resubmission, sometimes much longer, so plan ahead!
4. 0% similarity is possible, and acceptable.
5. Resubmissions might be allowed (not all lecturers allow you to resubmit). Any resubmission will overwrite previous generated originality reports in the same dropbox.

Submitting your work

Accessing Turnitin

You access Turnitin through Moodle. It will usually be in an assignments or assessments block, but different lecturers might put the dropbox in different places. Look for the Turnitin assignment symbol Turnitin logo

Submitting your work

Click on the My submissions tab.

My submissions tab in Turnitin

You can submit work in two ways:

File upload - where formatting is important, or where you need to submit the whole document. Word (.doc and .docx), Portable Document Format (.pdf), rich text (.rtf),  plain text (.txt), Corel WordPerfect, HTML, Adobe Postscript, Open office (.odf)  files can be uploaded. Note: if text is saved as an image it will not be processed and an error will be generated.

If your work is in a different format, you will need to export it as one of the above, or use a word processing/text editing package to copy and paste the text into a new file in one of these formats. (Rich text is almost universally available, but might lose some formatting). You can also consider the text submission option below.

Text submission - where you only want to check a section of your assignment, or where formatting is not important. Text can be copied and pasted into the submission box.

If your work is successfully submitted to Turnitin, you should see a message notifying you of the successful upload. Note: for privacy purposes, we suggest that you do not include your name or student ID in the header, footer or body of the document.

The first time you access Turnitin, you will see a screen asking you to agree to the Turnitin Terms and Conditions. You should only need to do this once.

If your submission attempt returns you to the submission screen, ensure you have given your work a title (this can be anything, but will be visible to your lecturer!).

Receiving your Originality Report

It usually takes just a few minutes for your originality report to be generated for your first submission. Note that you can only get one originality report every 24 hours (per dropbox), so if you resubmit and upload quickly you might have a long wait for your second (or subsequent) report to be generated. Remember, if you want the chance to re-submit be sure to make your first submission at least 24 hours before it is due. Note: not all lecturers will allow you to make multiple submissions. Check the information in your unit guide before submitting your work.

Accessing your report

You can access your report through the same dropbox where you submitted it. If your report is ready, you will see a coloured box in the similarity column. Note that 0% similarity is possible and acceptable! Pending means that your report has not yet been generated.     

Check back later or use the refresh submissions button to update the page.

turnitin submission status bar sample

To resubmit your work (after interpreting the originality report) use the Add Submission option at the bottom of the page. Not all lecturers allow you to resubmit. Note:  resubmitting will overwrite any previous submissions and reports.

You can Download your originality report if you want to, or are required to, by clicking the printer icon at the bottom of the page.

turnitin download option

*As of the 20th May 2015, we are currently experiencing some difficulties where submissions remain in a 'Pending' state.  If this occurs please contact your Lecturer or eSolutions Service Desk.