Instructor Training

Submitting Papers

 

Instructors joined to a Turnitin account can submit papers using the four available methods. Instructor uploads may be submitted by:

  • single file upload - a single file submission selected by the instructor.
  • cut and paste - submission of text copied and pasted into a Turnitin submission box. May be used to submit from a file format that is not accepted. No images or non-text information can be copied and pasted - only plain text can be accepted
  • multiple file upload - multiple files selected one by one. Similar to adding multiple attachments to an e-mail
  • zip file upload - submit a standard zip file containing multiple papers. May contain up to 200MB or 1,000 files. Zip file uploads of significant size may require additional time to complete

File Types and Size

Turnitin currently accepts the following file types for upload into an assignment that is set to generates Originality Reports for every submissions:

  • Microsoft Word® (DOC and DOCX)
  • Corel WordPerfect®
  • HTML
  • Adobe PostScript®
  • Plain text (TXT)
  • Rich Text Format (RTF)
  • Portable Document Format (PDF)
  • Hangul (HWP)
  • Powerpoint (PPT and PPTS)

For assignments that accept any file types the following image file types can be displayed and rendered in the Document Viewer:

  • JPEG
  • GIF
  • PNG
  • TIFF
  • BMP
  • PICT

All other file types that are not one of file formats listed above will be accepted by Turnitin when the assignment is set to "Accept Any File Type" but the file may not be displayed in the Document Viewer. When files cannot be displayed in the Document Viewer instructors are still able to download the original file from the Document Viewer.

The file size may not exceed 20 MB. Files of larger size may be reduced in size by removal of non-text content. Files that are password protected, encrypted, hidden, system files, or read only files cannot be uploaded or submitted to Turnitin.

The zip file upload accepts up to 1000 files or 200MB of zipped information. A zip file to be uploaded may not exceed either limit. Zip files should be checked to ensure only usable file formats are included in the upload.

Note: Text only files may not exceed 2 MB.

Note: PDF documents must contain text to be submitted. PDF files containing only images of text will be rejected during the upload attempt. To determine if a document contains actual text, copy and paste a section or all of the text into a plain-text editor such as Microsoft Notepad or Apple TextEdit. If no text is copied over, the selection is not actual text.

Tip: Users submitting scanned images of a document or an image saved as a PDF will need to use Optical Character Recognition (OCR) software to convert the image to a text document. Manual correction of the resulting document is highly recommended to fix any errors caused by the conversion software.

Note: Some document formats can contain multiple data types. This includes text, images, embedded information from another file, and formatting. Non-text information that is not saved directly within the document will not be included in a file upload. This includes references to a Microsoft Excel® spreadsheet included within a Microsoft Office Word document.

Note: Users whose files are saved in a file type that is not accepted by Turnitin will need to use a word processing program to save the file as one of the accepted types. Rich Text Format and Plain Text file types are nearly universally available in word processing software. Neither file type will support images or non-text data within the file. Plain text format does not support any formatting, and rich text format supports only limited formatting options.

Warning: Users who are converting to a new file format will need to save their file with a name different than the original. Any file should be saved with a new file name when converting to plain text or rich text formats to prevent permanent loss of the original formatting or image content of a file.

Single File Upload

Submitting a paper by single file upload:

  1. On the class homepage, click on the "More actions" link next to the Paper assignment you would like to submit to and select "Submit paper"
  2. If needed, select "single file upload" from the "Submit:" pull down menu. "Single file upload" is the default submission type for new users
  3. Select an enrolled student name using the "Author" pull down menu on the submission page. Papers submitted by an instructor on behalf of a student will appear in the student portfolio just as if the student made the submission
  4. The instructor must enter the first and last name when non-enrolled student is selected from the "author" pull-down menu
    Warning: Papers you submit for non-enrolled students cannot be graded or marked for paperless return to students
  5. Enter the title for the paper. This field is required
  6. Once the requirements for single file upload have been reviewed, instructors have a choice to upload a file from:
    • the computer
    • Dropbox
    • or Google Drive
  7. Click "Upload" to upload this file
  8. The upload will begin processing on the submission preview page and will indicate the upload progress of the selected file. Once the file is processed the first page of the file will be displayed
  9. Once the paper has been uploaded, the first page of the paper being submitted is displayed. Review the text to confirm the correct file was selected. 
  10. To complete the file upload, click on "Confirm" at the bottom of the page. If the wrong file was loaded, click on "Cancel" and re-submit with the correct file.
  11. Once the submission is complete the digital receipt is displayed. The paper ID on the digital receipt is a unique number assigned to this submission. A copy of the digital receipt is available for download within the document viewer print option.

Multiple File Upload

The multiple file upload submission option allows instructors to upload multiple files simultaneously.

Submitting multiple papers using multiple file upload:

  1. On the class homepage, click on the "More actions" link next to the Paper assignment you would like to submit to and select "Submit paper"
  2. Select "multiple file upload" from the "Submit:" pull down menu. "Single file upload" is the default submission type for new users
  3. Click on "Choose File" and select the first file to attach to the File Submission Preview list
  4. Once successfully uploaded the file will appear within the "File Submission Preview" list. Select an enrolled student name using the pull down menu on the submission page. Papers submitted by an instructor on behalf of a student will appear in the student portfolio
  5. Enter the first and last name as a non-enrolled student. Not entering a first and last name results in an author name of anonymous
  6. Enter the title for the paper. If no paper title is entered, the title defaults to the file name for the submitted file
  7. Repeat steps 3-6 for each paper being submitted as part of the upload
  8. When all the desired files are attached, click the "Upload all" button to upload the batch of files
  9. On the accepted files page please review the files to be uploaded and click "Submit" to submit all uploaded files

Files can be excluded from the upload by unchecking the check box to the left of the file name under the "Submit" column.

An instructor may remove all uploaded files from the "File Submission Preview" list by clicking on the "Delete all" link located below the list to the right.

Cut and Paste Submissions

The "cut and paste submission" option allows users to submit information from non-supported word processors or file types, or to only submit specific parts or areas of a document that may need an Originality Report generated.

Please note that only text can be submitted via the cut and paste method - any graphics, graphs, images, and formatting are lost when pasting into the text submission box.

Submitting by Cut and Paste:

  1. On the class homepage, click on the "More actions" link next to the Paper assignment you would like to submit to and select "Submit paper"
  2. Select "cut and paste" from the "Submit:" pull down menu. "Single file upload" is the default submission type for new users.
  3. Select an enrolled student name using the pull down menu on the submission page. Papers submitted by an instructor on behalf of a student will appear in the student portfolio just as if the student made the submission
  4. The instructor may enter the first and last name as a non-enrolled student.

    Warning: Papers you submit for non-enrolled students cannot be graded or marked for paperless return to students

  5. Enter the title for the paper. This field is required
  6. Copy and paste the selected text into the text box

    Tip: To copy and paste text, highlight the text to submit in a word processing or text editing program and select copy from the edit menu. To transfer the text into the text box on Turnitin, click inside the text box of the submission page and select paste from the browser edit menu

  7. Click on "submit" to submit the text. The digital receipt will be displayed

Zip File Uploads

Instructors are able to upload a zip file of papers to a Turnitin assignment. The zip file may be any size up to approximately 200MB and contain up to 1000 individual files. If the zip file exceeds either limit it will be rejected.

Instructors uploading zip files are advised to ensure that no unacceptable file types are contained within the zip file and to be careful of duplicate copies of the same file within the zip file. Turnitin will attempt to detect duplicate or invalid files and warn the user of any duplicate or unacceptable files.

Submitting multiple papers in a zip file:

  1. On the class homepage, click on the "More actions" link next to the Paper assignment you would like to submit to and select "Submit paper"
  2. Select "zip file upload" from the "Submit:" pull down menu. "Single file upload" is the default submission type for new users
  3. Click on "Choose File" and select the zip file that will be uploaded
  4. Click "Upload" to load the zip file and view the list of papers. A status bar indicating upload progress should be shown. Once uploaded the paper will be redirected to the "File Submission Preview" page
  5. Select the papers to submit by checking or not checking the "include?" check box for the paper. For each paper being included, the user may:
    • select an enrolled student in the class or submit as non-enrolled, giving first name or last name;
    • submit without first and last name, which will default to anonymous
    • submit with a paper title;
    • submit without a paper title, which will default to the name of the file
  6. Once the files to submit from the zip file have been selected and (if needed) assigned name and title information, the user must click on "submit" to continue the upload of papers into the assignment
  7. A confirmation screen will be shown listing all file names, author names, e-mail user profiles, and submission titles. Any fields containing "Anonymous" or "Not Entered" are not required but may be set by using the "Go back" button to return to the previous screen

    Click "submit" to finalize the zip file upload into the assignment. A progress bar will display the remaining time for the upload

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