How do I set up a Turnitin submission link for students in one of my modules?

To access the assignment settings, complete the following steps:

Note. For consistency, any assessment links should be created under ‘Assessment’ – ‘Submit Coursework’.

Step 1. Navigate to the ‘Content Market’ in the Blackboard course page

Turnitin Link

Step 2. Select your Turnitin tool

Turnitin LTI

Step 3. Fill out the Turnitin assignment settings to complete the assignment setup


Max grade: Set a point value for the assignment to allow a grade to be set by rubrics (if used) and be sent to the grade book. For example, if you set the max grade as 100, this is the highest grade your student can receive.

Start date: The start date is the date and time students can begin submitting to the assignment.

Due date: The due date is the date and time students’ papers are due for the assignment.

Feedback release date:The feedback release date is the date and time students can begin viewing the comments and grades you have left on their papers. Feedback can only be released after the due date.

*Please note that this is not the date students can see their grades in the Grade Centre 

Step 4. Optional Settings

The option on the image below shows the recommended setting. You will also find the explanation of each section and terms below the image.

Turnitin Settings

Standard paper repository: Student papers will be checked against other institutions’ student submissions.

Do not store the submitted papers: A similarity report will still be generated for paper submissions, but your students’ papers will not be stored in the Turnitin standard paper repository or the institution’s paper repository for future comparison.

Allow submissions of any file type: Select the checkbox to allow all file types – even those that are not supported for generating a Similarity Report. This includes files that include media.

Allow late submissions: Select the checkbox to allow late submissions for the assignment; students will be able to submit papers after the due date.

Enable anonymous marking: Select the checkbox to obscure student names within the assignment inbox, Similarity Report and online grading until the assignment’s feedback release date. Student names may be revealed for an assignment by clicking on the anonymous marking enabled button to reveal the author’s name for the paper.

*If a student’s name is revealed when anonymous marking is enabled, an audit trail will be created and your Turnitin administrator will receive a notification.

Similarity Report: Report generation and resubmissions

Generate reports immediately (resubmissions are not allowed): Originality Reports for all submissions will be generated immediately. Students cannot resubmit papers. If, for any reason, a resubmission is required when this setting is selected, you must manually delete a student’s submission from the assignment inbox to allow the student to submit again.

Generate reports immediately (resubmissions are allowed until due date). After 3 resubmissions reports generate after 24 hours.

This option is typically used when students are self-reviewing and revising their submissions and able to view the Similarity Report. Similarity Reports will be generated immediately for each student’s initial submission to this assignment.

  • Students may resubmit as often as they wish until the assignment’s due date.

  • Similarity Reports for a second or subsequent submission will be generated 24 hours after the submission.

  • As all previous submissions are removed upon resubmission, only the latest submission is available to both you and the student.

  • Similarity Reports will regenerate within an hour of the due date and time to allow students to compare the originality of their submissions against those of their fellow students within the assignment.

  • This report regeneration may cause a change in a paper’s similarity score. No resubmissions are allowed after the due date and time of the assignment.

Generate reports on due date (resubmissions are allowed until due date) Originality Reports will not be generated for any submission until the due date and time of the assignment is reached. Students may resubmit as many times as needed until the due date and time, but will not receive reports during this period. No resubmissions are allowed after the due date and time of the assignment

Allow students to view Similarity Reports: Select the checkbox to allow your students to view their Similarity Reports for submissions to this assignment. This option gives you more flexibility and control when creating assignments.

Exclude bibliographic materials: Select the checkbox to exclude text appearing in the bibliography, works cited, or references sections of student papers from being checked for matches when generating Originality Reports. You can overwrite this setting in individual Similarity Reports.

Exclude quoted materials: Select the checkbox to exclude quotations from being checked for matches when generating Similarity Reports. You can overwrite this setting in individual Similarity Reports.

Exclude small sources: Select the checkbox to exclude matches that are not of sufficient length (determined by you) from being considered when generating Similarity Reports. A box will appear, where you can exclude matches by word count or by percentage.

Don’t Forget to Submit!

Scroll to the bottom of the settings page and click the Submit button to save your settings.

Last updated September 2022

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