Turnitin is a submission service designed to detect and prevent plagiarism and support online grading. Read the eAssessment survival guide first to avoid common pitfalls.
If you encounter any problems during the submission process, please contact the IT Service Desk immediately.
Safari browser users occasionally have problems submitting to Turnitin. Read our blog post for further information.
Avoid opening multiple Turnitin assignments simultaneously. This may result in submitting to the wrong assignment.
To ensure you don’t experience issues when accessing Turnitin we recommend Chrome (installed on the student desktop) or Firefox. On a Mac, use Safari. Stay up to date with the latest versions.
The file size limit per assignment is 100MB (2MB for text only files), and no greater than 800 pages in length. If your file is larger than this, see the guide on Compressing Files.
Your tutor may tell you which type of file they expect you to submit, however for typical essay and report type assignments we recommend submitting as PDF.
Normally, Turnitin will also accept the following file types:
* Open Office Text: Turnitin will not accept .odt files created and downloaded from Google Docs online, or ".doc" files created using OpenOffice.
A workaround to the issues above is to save the file as a text based PDF.
If you have not been told to submit any particular format the best choice is PDF.
Please also see the filename guidelines for characters which should not be included in the name of your file.
Find your Turnitin assignment (your tutor should tell you where it is).
Select the View/Complete link.
The Turnitin assignment area will open. Here you can see the due date. There is also a post date which is relevant if your tutor posts marks/comments online using Turnitin. If they do, this is when your marked paper will be available.
First view further assignment information by placing your mouse over the information icon.
You will see something similar to the below:
When ready to submit, select the submit icon.
The submission area will now open. You can submit an assignment using either the file upload from your computer or Cloud accounts (Dropbox, Google Drive) or cut & paste options available from the drop down list. Always ensure your file has successfully saved on your computer by saving and then closing the file before attempting to upload it.
When submitting you need to: select the file, confirm the file, then wait for the receipt. You have not finished until you see a Turnitin receipt and Paper ID on screen.
The submission area will open by default for file upload submissions.
In some scenarios you may wish to use the cut and paste option.
Keep an electronic copy of your submitted paper in a safe place in case there is a problem with the submission.
When the paper has been successfully submitted, you will see the following message or something similar. Note the submission ID - this is unique to your submission.
When the paper has been successfully submitted you will also receive an email confirmation receipt including the date and time of your submission and paper title. This will be sent to your University of Leeds email account. Keep this email somewhere safe. If you do not receive the email receipt, it is essential that you check your submission was successful as described below.
You can check that you have submitted successfully by returning to the assignment area, your digital receipt will be stored here.
To download a copy of your digital receipt as a PDF click on the download icon, then select digital receipt.
Only the first part of your submission will be included here, to view the the full submission follow the steps below.
The full paper can be viewed online by clicking the View button. Note that during busy periods it can take up to an hour for your submission to be fully formatted.
If you want to see your submission in its original format, click on the download icon, and select originally submitted format.
If your tutor has used Turnitin to grade your paper and/or provide feedback, you can access this by selecting the View/Complete link for the assignment, and then the View button.
Once the Turnitin paper opens, feedback should automatically load. There may be feedback to the right of your paper (via comments or a rubric):
If you cannot see this feedback section, click on the feedback icon:
You may have feedback entered directly onto your paper - you may see text inserted or a comment icon to click:
If required, there is a download with feedback option available, select the download icon and then Current View:
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