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Creating a Turnitin Assignment

Turnitin assignments are added from the course home page. From the course home page, switch editing on and then click Add an Activity or Resource in the required topic. Choose Turnitin Assigment 2 from the list of Activities
You will then see the initial settings screen (see below graphic)

Similarity Report Options

  • Generate reports immediately, first report is final
    Originality Reports for all submissions will be generated immediately. Students cannot resubmit papers. Submissions must be deleted by the instructor to enable re-submission.
  • Generate reports immediately, reports can be overwritten until due date
    Originality reports for the initial submission by each student user to this assignment will be generated immediately. Students may resubmit as often as the student wishes until the assignment due date. Originality Reports for the second or subsequent submission will require a 24 hour delay before the Originality Report begins processing.
    Only the latest submission is available to the instructor or student. Previous versions are removed. Student submissions will compare against one another within the assignment on the due date and time, which may result in a change in the Originality Report similarity index and results at the due date and time.
    This option is typically used when students are self-reviewing and revising their submissions and able to view the Originality Report. No re-submissions after the due date and time of the assignment.
  • Generate reports on due date
    Originality Reports will not be generated for any submission until the due date and time of the assignment. Students may resubmit as many times as needed until the due date and time without receiving reports. Re submissions may not be made after the due date and time of the assignment.

Store Student Papers

The Store Student Papers has two options: in the Standard Repository or to not store the papers. The default is to store the student papers in the standard repository.

Repository Sources for Originality Reports

The instructor is able to select the available repository sources to compare assignment submissions against.
This allows an instructor to disregard a source type if the comparison against this type of source is not needed.
There are three database search options:

  • Check against stored student papers
  • Check against the internet
  • Check against the journals, periodicals and publications.

The default for each of these search options is set to “Yes”.

Submit Paper on behlaf of a student

To submit a paper as a teacher on behalf of a student first locate the student from you class list and click on the icon ‘Submit Paperon the right hand side then follow these steps:

  1. Choose the Submission Type
  2. Add a Title for the Submission
  3. Click on the Browse… button and select the file you wish to upload.
  4. For a text submission, enter the text into the ‘Text Submission‘ text area.
  5. Click on the ‘Add Submission‘ button to submit the file


The following options are available throughout the Turnitin Assigment.

  • Notify Non-Submitters will send a message to all students that have not submitted anything yet. You can choose to cc yourself on the message also.
  • Use GradeMark can be enabled to use a Rubric or Marking Guide to grade the assignments.
  • Grade Display allows you to set whether the Grade will be displayed in the inbox as a percentage (default) or as a fraction of maximum marks e.g. 76/100.
  • Auto Refresh Grade / Scores determines whether the Grades / Originality Scores are generated automatically when you enter / re-enter the inbox or if you want to disable the auto refresh function and manually refresh submissions by clicking the ‘Refresh Submissions’ link.
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