Preparing for online submission: Turnitin Assignment Checklist

You are advised to read this guidance if you are preparing to submit your work via a Turnitin Assignment link.

Turnitin Assignment

You will often be provided with the opportunity to submit a draft, and then resubmit the final version of your assignment before the Due Date. If you are provided with this opportunity, take advantage of it and make a practice submission, to test the process.

Remember: There is a 24 hour delay in the generation of the similarity report when you re-submit your work to the same assignment.

To check the settings for your Turnitin Assignment, after clicking the ‘View / Complete’ link, click on the information icon next to the title of the assignment in the Assignment Inbox:

Turnitin Assignment info imageThe vast majority of students will have no problems at all in submitting work online. But the fact that the occasional technical issues might arise should be a compelling reason for you to submit your work in plenty of time!

Make sure the file you are submitting will be accepted by Turnitin by being aware of the following:

1. File size

The maximum file size is 40MB.

If you have lots of images in your document, you may need to compress them – you’ll find help with doing this in this guide: Student guide to reducing file size for e-submission.

2. File type

See the help article: What file types can I submit? for details on acceptable file types and exceptions, including tips on formatting documents before uploading.

Quick Tip: Save your file as a PDF and upload this to Turnitin, if you use advanced formatting in Word or tables in your document. This will ensure that any complex formatting shows correctly once uploaded.

3. File name

Follow any instructions your lecturer has given you about how to name your file. You may need to follow a specific file naming convention and include particular details to ensure your work can be marked and returned to you.
Avoid unnecessarily long file names, and avoid non-standard characters (such as punctuation marks and ;:,.”!$%&?/) when naming your files – these can sometimes cause problems, so are best avoided.

4. Correct file

Check that you have submitted the correct version of your assignment and the file is not corrupted. Open up your submitted work in the ‘Turnitin Document Viewer’ to make sure that the file you submitted displays correctly – if you can’t view the submitted paper on screen, then staff marking your work won’t be able to view it.

5. One file only

Remember that you can submit one file only as your submission – for example, you can’t upload appendices as separate files and will need to combine the different files into one.

The Microsoft support page: Combine Documents shows you several ways to do this in a Word document.

6. Other considerations

  • You will receive an email receipt when you have successfully submitted your work to Turnitin. You can also download a copy of this receipt from within Turnitin.

7. System Issues

Check to see if there is a service disruption(Note: Only messages referring to TurnitinUK are relevant.)

8. What next?

Ready to submit? See Turnitin Assignment: How do I submit?