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Turnitin LTI - Set-Up

Getting Prepared

Turnitin Assignment areas should be created in advance of the deadline so students have the chance to submit early if they wish. This guide will walk through the Turnitin Assignment settings.

What does my role allow me to do?

Task Instructor Teaching Assistant Module Builder Grader
Set up Turnitin Yes Yes No No

Best Practice

There are two ways to administer Turnitin Assignments; the one Assignment method and the two Assignments method.

One Assignment Method

  • Keeps all student submissions together
  • Late submissions are identified via red text in the Assignment inbox

Two Assignment Method

  • Has one Turnitin Assignment area for on time submissions
  • Has another Turnitin Assignment area for late submissions and extensions

Using the two Assignment method keeps on time and late submissions apart, simplifying some admin processes. This will significantly help if the School plans to print a large number of submissions as it helps to keep control of what has been printed.

Which method should I use?

It is recommended that a School adopts just one method and uses this consistently to avoid confusion for the students. If you are unsure what solution is best for you, speak to your Minerva Contact or the Digital Education Systems Team via the IT Service Desk.

The sections below contain best practice information for both methods.

Best Practice - One Assignment Method

Add a Turnitin Assignment area

Navigate to where you want students to view and submit the assignment (usually menu item 'Submit My Work'). Make sure Edit Mode is ON (top right of the screen). Then click on Add Content and select Turnitin LTI:

Add assignment

Essential information

Now you'll see the new assignment page.

New assignment page

Working from the top of the New Assignment page:

  • Enter an Assignment title. It is recommended that this contains the date and time of the submission deadline. Avoid special characters and do not use commas.
  • Enter any Instructions as required for your students. This can be a good place to enter what is expected of the student, such as an Academic Integrity statement, that a cover sheet is expected, or what the assignment should be called on submission.
  • Enter a Max Grade.
  • Set the Start date for when the students will see the assignment area.
  • Enter the Due date with the correct date and time of the deadline.
  • Enter a Feedback Release Date which is when the marks/feedback will be released to students. To allow for delays in marking it is recommended that this date is set to the end of the calendar or academic year and brought forward just once when the marks are ready to be released.

Optional Settings

There are further options to consider, to view these click the Optional Settings button at the bottom of the New Assignment page.

Submission Settings

  • Submit papers to - Standard paper repository is the default. If you choose this, papers will be stored in Turnitin's database for future plagiarism searches.
  • Allow submission of any file type? - If checked students can submit any supported file type. If unchecked, students will only be able to submit file types which can be checked for originality.
  • Allow late submissions? - For the one Assignment method this must be selected so that students can submit assignments after the due date. Any late submissions will still generate an originality report and will be highlighted in red text in the date submitted field.
  • Enable anonymous marking? - If in any doubt put the setting to Yes, regardless of how the assignment will be marked. The anonymous setting is a one way process; it cannot be added once the inbox has been created, but it can be removed. This setting hides student names from everyone. The names are only revealed on the post date when all marking should be completed.
  • Attach a rubric - If the assignment is going to be marked online, you can select a rubric or grading form to aid with marking here. See the Guide on Using Rubrics as part of the Full Feedback Studio Guide. If this has not been set up then it can be added at a later date

Compare against

Select options to compare papers to for originality checks. It is standard to select all.

Similarity Report

  • Generate originality reports - There are three options for when to generate originality reports.
    1. immediately (students cannot resubmit) - select this option if you only want students to submit once.
    2. immediately (students can resubmit until due date) - students can submit more than once and an originality report is created each time (only the final submission/report is kept).
    3. on due date - students can submit more than once but only one originality report is created (only the final submission is kept). This option also ensures all student submissions will be compared to each other.

    The recommended setting is on due date; allowing students to submit freely until the deadline with all originality reports generated on the deadline

  • Allow students to see Originality Reports? - If you allow students to resubmit after the Originality Report is generated, we recommend this is not selected so students cannot see their report and then change their work before a final submission.
  • Exclude Options: Bibliographical materials, Quoted material, Small matches - The University recommends that there should be no exclusions. However as an aide to interpretation of an individual assignment, you may exclude matches that are less than a certain number of Words (no more than 7) or a percentage (no more than 2%) of the assignment.

Submission Settings

Select the box to save your settings for future use.


Click Submit

Once you've set all the options, select Submit. You will see that the Turnitin submission area has been added to your Minerva module.


Best Practice - Two Assignment Method

Add a Turnitin Assignment area

Navigate to where you want students to view and submit the assignment (usually menu item 'Submit My Work'). Make sure Edit Mode is ON (top right of the screen). Then click on Add Content and select Turnitin LTI:

Add assignment

Essential information

Now you'll see the new assignment page.

New assignment page

Working from the top of the New Assignment page:

  • Enter an Assignment title. It is recommended that this contains the date and time of the submission deadline. Avoid special characters and do not use commas.
  • Enter any Instructions as required for your students. This can be a good place to enter what is expected of the student, such as an Academic Integrity statement, that a cover sheet is expected, or what the assignment should be called on submission.
  • Enter a Max Grade.
  • Set the Start date for when the students will see the assignment area.
  • Enter the Due date with the correct date and time of the deadline.
  • Enter a Feedback Release Date which is when the marks/feedback will be released to students. To allow for delays in marking it is recommended that this date is set to the end of the calendar or academic year and brought forward just once when the marks are ready to be released.

Optional Settings - First Assignment

There are further options to consider, to view these click the Optional Settings button at the bottom of the New Assignment page.

Submission Settings

  • Submit papers to - Standard paper repository is the default. If you choose this, papers will be stored in Turnitin's database for future plagiarism searches.
  • Allow submission of any file type? - If checked students can submit any supported file type. If unchecked, students will only be able to submit file types which can be checked for originality.
  • Allow late submissions? - The first assignment area must not have this setting checked. This will mean that all submissions here are on time and no submissions will be allowed after the deadline.
  • Enable anonymous marking? - If in any doubt put the setting to Yes, regardless of how the assignment will be marked. The anonymous setting is a one way process; it cannot be added once the inbox has been created, but it can be removed. This setting hides student names from everyone. The names are only revealed on the post date when all marking should be completed.
  • Attach a rubric - If the assignment is going to be marked online, you can select a rubric or grading form to aid with marking here. See the Guide on Using Rubrics as part of the Full Feedback Studio Guide. If this has not been set up then it can be added at a later date

Compare against

Select options to compare papers to for originality checks. It is standard to select all.

Similarity Report

  • Generate originality reports - There are three options for when to generate originality reports.
    1. immediately (students cannot resubmit) - select this option if you only want students to submit once.
    2. immediately (students can resubmit until due date) - students can submit more than once and an originality report is created each time (only the final submission/report is kept).
    3. on due date - students can submit more than once but only one originality report is created (only the final submission is kept). This option also ensures all student submissions will be compared to each other.

    The recommended setting is on due date; allowing students to submit freely until the deadline with all originality reports generated on the deadline

  • Allow students to see Originality Reports? - If you allow students to resubmit after the Originality Report is generated, we recommend this is not selected so students cannot see their report and then change their work before a final submission.
  • Exclude Options: Bibliographical materials, Quoted material, Small matches - The University recommends that there should be no exclusions. However as an aide to interpretation of an individual assignment, you may exclude matches that are less than a certain number of Words (no more than 7) or a percentage (no more than 2%) of the assignment.

Submission Settings

Select the box to save your settings for future use.


Click Submit

Once you've set all the options, select Submit. You will see that the Turnitin submission area has been added to your Minerva module.


Settings - Second Assignment

Repeat the process from Step 1 to create a second assignment area in the same module area. This area will be for late submissions and extensions only.

Follow the settings from Steps 2 and 3 and amend the following:

  • Title - The title should include Late/Extensions; after the date and time of the original deadline.
  • Start Date - The start date should be the date and time of the deadline. This will mean that this inbox is not visible to students until the deadline has been reached.
  • Due Date - The due date should remain the same - and actually be the same as the start date.
  • Allow submissions after the due date? - This should be selected as all submissions to this box are technically late.

Select Submit again.

It is advisable to add an adaptive release rule to the second assignment so only the students who need to submit see it (this will prevent other students on the module seeing prompts for this assignment in the activity stream as well).

Add an adptive release rule by selecting the item's drop down menu and Adaptive Release. Enter the IT usernames of students who should see the item, separated by commas (or you can use the Browse option to find students). Then click Submit.


How to modify a Turnitin Assignment area

Locate the Turnitin assignment area in your module. To edit the assignment name, points possible and due date,, select the item's action link and then Edit:

Edit assignment

Make changes as required and click Submit. You may see a pop up message advising 'This external link may not display correctly to others unless opened in its own window. Change to open in a new window?'. Click OK.

To edit all other dates/settings, click on the Turnitin submission area (as a student would). This will open the Turnitin inbox. To change settings, click on the Cog icon in the top right: Turnitin settings icon

You will return to the assignment setup page. Change information here as required. Remember to Submit any changes.

How to delete a Turnitin Assignment area

You should only delete a Turnitin assignment area if it has never been used. Once it is deleted you cannot retrieve submissions (if you just want to hide the item use Adaptive Release instead). To delete, go to where you added the assignment in your module, click the action link and then Delete.

Anonymous Marking

The recommended settings for set-up will mean that anonymous marking is enabled. Please bear in mind that the following applies until the post date is reached (in order to preserve anonymity):

  • Nobody can see the authors' names in the Turnitin Assignments inbox*
  • You cannot download any files, you can only access the Grademark and online version of submissions
  • You cannot access submissions through Minerva's Grade Centre

If submissions must be downloaded for marking then anonymity cannot be preserved. You will need to change the post date to the current date and time which will reveal the identity of students and allow the downloading of submissions for printing.


* There is an option to reveal an author's name before the post date but if you do this you cannot hide the name again. To reveal the name, go to the submission area and click Anonymous Marking Enabled next to the relevant submission. You will need to submit your reason for revealing their name, and this will be stored in the system.


Further Information

See our administration guide for information on how to download papers and manage the Turnitin inbox.