Turnitin and Google Docs

If you use a Chromebook or iPad, then the chances are that you use Google docs. This is fine, but what happens when your assignment needs to be submitted via the Turnitin Assignment tool? Turnitin allows certain file types to be uploaded but a Google doc is not one of them. However, that won’t be a problem if you follow this guidance and submit your assignment as a PDF file.

Downloading your assignment from Google Drive

Go to your Google Drive and click on your assignment to open it

From the File menu, select ‘Download as’ and then choose ‘PDF document (.pdf). This will save a PDF version of your assignment in to your download folder


After you’ve checked that the PDF version of your assignment has saved correctly, the next step is to submit your assignment. Login to LearningSpace, open your module page and click on the relevant assignment title

Click ‘My Submissions’

Next you need to add your ‘Submission Title’. It’s important that you check whether your tutor has asked you to specify certain information for this (e.g. student number, seminar group)

When you have added your ‘Submission Title’, click the ‘Choose File’ button

Next you need to navigate to the location that your PDF file is stored (for example in the ‘Downloads’ folder), then select your assignment and click ‘Open’

Read through the ‘University requirements’ statement and click the box to confirm that you have followed these requirements. Then click the ‘Add Submission’ button to submit your assignment. You will see a message informing you that your submission was successfully uploaded to Turnitin

Turnitin will let you know that your submission successfully uploaded and you will also receive email confirmation of this, but it is always a good idea to check what you have uploaded to make sure that you have uploaded the correct file and that it is displayed in a readable format. To check your submitted work, click on the assignment title (Essay 1 in this example). Your assignment will open in the browser for you to view. When you have finished, close the window by clicking on the cross (top right hand side of the page)

Watch the video below to see this in action

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Helen Baker

Head of Digital Innovation

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