Turnitin

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Turnitin is the main assessment system used at Marjon and it is the tool that you will be using to upload all your module coursework and assignments in your Marjon Canvas modules.

Assignment submission & digital receipt

The University uses a method of online submission called Turnitin, which enables you to submit your assignments via Marjon Canvas.  This guide takes you through the steps needed to submit your assignment electronically using Turnitin.

Finding the submission area

1. Log into Marjon Canvas and go to your module page (via the dashboard)

2. Click the assignment that you need to submit to

example assignment

3. Check information such as assignment title and due date you can expand further information by clicking on the drop-down tab.

further information

Submitting your assignment

 4. Click the ‘Upload Submission’ button

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5. Enter your submission title and select your assignment from your computer (Please note: take care to submit a supported file type, Turnitin does not work for any media file, video, audio or images – for details on accepted file types, please visit the following link) – click on ‘Upload and Review’

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6. The review screen will give you an opportunity to review you file before submitting. Please take care to submit the correct assignment. When you are happy select the ‘Submit to Turnitin’ button.  You should see the below success message. Then click the cross to close the pop-up window.

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Note:  If you do submit the wrong file by mistake you can resubmit providing that it is prior to the hand in date. This option is not available if you are making a late submission: read more on assessment in the Regulations Framework assessment pages

Checking that your submission was successful

If your submission was successful, you should see your assignment uploaded to Turnitin as below. (you can also download a copy of your assignment and a digital receipt from here)

submission details

Printing and saving your digital receipt

Students are strongly advised to ensure they keep a copy of their digital receipt, which is proof that they have submitted their work and contains a submission ID and date/time details.

Saving your digital receipt

To save your digital receipt simply click on the icon displayed in the above screenshot.

Note: The file will be stored by default in your ‘Downloads’ folder on your computer.

 7. Open your ‘Downloads’ folder to locate your ‘digital receipt’, right click the receipt, select ‘copy’, then ‘paste’ in to the folder you want to store it in

Watch the videos below to see this in action

How to use the feedback studio

Once your assignment has been graded and you’ve been told that your feedback is ready, you can review your grades and feedback online via Marjon Canvas.

Note: It is important that you save a copy of your assessed assignment as it will only be accessible online for a limited period of time.

Assessing assignment feedback and grade

1. First you need to log into Canvas and navigate to your dashboard and then open the relevant module.

2. Select ‘modules’ or click on the assessment information’ block on the home page

3. Next find the relevant assignment and click on it to open it.

example assignment

4. You then need to click on your assignment title to open the online viewer to review your assignment feedback and grade

Reviewing your assignment feedback and grade

5. You will see your grade (marked out of 100) in the top right hand corner of the window

If your feedback is not immediately displayed, click the bubble icon to activate the ‘Grading’ layer.

You can also change the zoom level to make the text easier to read by adjusting the slider at the bottom of the window

You can now go through the script and read annotations made by your tutor by clicking on the bubbles to read the full comment

Your tutors may also use QuickMarks which are inbuilt remarks for common errors or comments that your tutor will regularly make on all assignments. Each QuickMark contains information that can help you avoid making the same mistakes in future.

6. Click on the QuickMark title to see the QuickMark information

7. Once you have read ‘bubble’ comments on your assignment, you should read the ‘General Comments’ provided by your tutor, which are displayed on the right hand side of the window.

Your tutor might have left audio feedback in addition to a text comment. You will need to use headphones and click the’ play’ icon to listen to this.

Important! Please remember to download your assignment grade and feedback

Watch the video – How to access and view your similarity report

How to access your similarity report in Turnitin

Turnitin – Feedback Studio

Turnitin Feedback Studio is the online submission system used for submitting assignments and dissertations at the University. A powerful feature of Turnitin is its ability to produce similarity reports for each submitted paper.

What is a similarity report?

Turnitin checks each submitted paper against billions of webpages, student papers and articles from academic books and publications. It then produces a summary of matching or highly similar text found in the submitted paper.

When can I access the similarity report?

Turnitin assignments are available on your Marjon Canvas module page two weeks prior to the hand in date. To see the similarity report produced for your assignment you can submit during this two week window. A similarity report is usually produced within 15 minutes of your first submission and while there are no restrictions on the number of times you can submit (up until the due date), after three re-submissions, new similarity reports will take up to 24 hours to be produced.

How do I access the similarity report for my assignment?

To view the similarity report, click the Turnitin assignment on your Marjon Canvas module page to open the submission inbox. If your report is ready to view you will see a similarity percentage which indicates the percentage of your paper that matches other sources.  Click the similarity percentage (or the title of your submitted assignment) to open your submitted paper and access the similarity report in Feedback Studio.

What is the similarity percentage?

When Turnitin has checked your paper against other sources, it will apply a similarity percentage to your submitted paper. This percentage indicates how much of your submitted paper matches other sources. The similarity percentage is displayed in your submission inbox and in Feedback Studio when you open your submitted paper.

Viewing your similarity report

1. Text in your paper that matches (or is similar to) other sources will be highlighted and numbered for easy referencing

2. Clicking Match Overview (the icon displaying the percentage of your paper that matches another source) will display sources with the highest percentage match

3. If you click the arrow next to a source you will see the ‘Match Breakdown’ which is a list of other sources that match text in your assignment

4. Clicking a source in Match Overview will open an extract of the matched source with matching text displayed in a red font

5. Click the ‘Full source view’ icon to display full source text in the right hand pane

6. If the selected source has multiple matches within your assignment, arrows will display for you to navigate to other parts of your paper that match the source

Filters and settings

With the exception of the bibliography section, the similarity percentage for your paper is based on the percentage of your paper that matches other sources.  This includes quotes that you have used and keywords, for example, subject related terminology. You can exclude quotes and sources that are less than a certain number of words (or percentage) from the similarity report by clicking the filter button, selecting your options and applying changes. This will produce an updated similarity percentage immediately.

 Useful Links

Watch the video – How to access and view your similarity report

Turnitin - Acceptable File Types & Size

Turnitin will accept most files in the following formats; DOC, DOCX, PDF, RTF, PPT, PPTX but please take note of the following general guidance as there are some important exceptions.

Save in a suitable file format

If you are using Microsoft Word on your computer then just saving the document will produce a suitable file.

If you are using any other word processor then it is best to export the document as a PDF file for submission. If you are using Word Online then do not submit a saved DOCX file as Turnitin will not be able to process that file, instead, export as a PDF file.

We have specific guides for users of Microsoft Word Online and Google Docs.

Please see those guides for more details on how to create files for submission with these services.

Check your file size

There is a maximum file size for uploading to Turnitin of 40 megabytes. This is normally more than enough for an essay submission but if your file exceeds this size you can reduce the file size by compressing any images and/or saving the file in PDF format (making sure that you check the ‘minimum size (files online)’ option.

Good practice

Aim to submit your assignment on the day before the deadline in case anything goes wrong. Over 99.5% of assignments are successfully submitted without problems but if you are one of the unlucky ones then we can help.

If things go wrong If things do go wrong – e.g. you upload the wrong assignment or experience any other problems with Turnitin eSubmission, you need to contact the Digital Innovation Team as soon as possible.

Reducing file sizes

When submitting to Turnitin you need to make sure that the size of your file does not exceed the 100 MB limit (if it does, you will not be able to submit).

The file size of your assignment will increase considerably if it contains images, scanned images, tables or diagrams etc. and unless you have  reduced the file size of images before inserting them into your assignment, will most probably exceed the 100 MB limit.

File Sizes

Distinguishing between a KB and a MB with a GB thrown in now and then can sometimes be trying, especially when you are working to a deadline. However, computer file sizes are actually very easy to understand. There are 1000 Kilobytes in 1 megabyte. Generally, you wouldn’t expect a word document to reach a file size above 1MB, but if the document contains images etc, this can push up the file size considerably

Discovering the file sizes of your content

Finding out how large your files are is very easy. There are generally two methods depending on whether you are viewing a file located on your desktop or in an explorer window. To begin with, we will find out the size of a file on the desktop of your computer.

Locate the file that you wish to upload on your desktop, hover your mouse cursor over it and right click. You will see a menu appear with a range of options. Next you will need to select the option titled ‘Properties’ at the very bottom of the menu

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A Properties window will appear displaying a range of information about the file over four tabs including the type of file, the default program that file type has been set to open with, and dates for the files creation and last access/modification. File size information can be found on the ‘General’ tab. In this example, the word file is 1.02 MB  in size

If you are browsing through files using Windows Explorer there is an even easier way to discover the size of your files.

Set your window layout to display the ‘Details Pane’ by clicking the ‘More options’ down arrow next to the ‘Change your view’ icon (top right hand side of the explorer window)

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Once you have changed to ‘Details’ view,  the file size of each file will be displayed

You will be able to use these methods to find out the size of most widely used file types for document, images, video, audio etc.

What can I do if my file is larger than 100 MB?

If you are ready to submit your assignment and realise that the file size is too large, there is a quick solution that doesn’t involve any rework.  Microsoft Word (for both PC and Mac) has a tool that will reduce the file size for you by compressing any high resolution images contained within your assignment.

This guide will take you through the steps required to reduce the overall file size of your assignment when using MS Word either on a PC or Mac.

Windows PC

Checking the file size of your assignment

To check the file size of your assignment, open the file and then click File -> Info. You will see the file size displayed in the properties section on the right hand side of the Window

Reducing the file size of your assignment in MS Word on a Windows PC

  1. With your assignment open in MS Word, click FileSave as
  2. Click the Tools button (bottom right hand side of the Window)
  3. Select the Compress Pictures option
  4. Make sure that ‘Delete cropped areas of pictures’ is selected
  5. Select a target output:
    Screen (150ppi) is good for viewing onscreen (i.e. in Turnitin) and will reduce the file size
    Print (220ppi) is good for viewing onscreen and printing
  6. Click OK, then Save

Mac

Checking the file size of your assignment

To check the file size of your assignment, open the file and then click File -> Properties

Reducing the file size of your assignment in MS Word on a Mac

  1. With your assignment open in MS Word, click FileReduce File Size
  2. Select from Picture Quality Options:
    Screen(150ppi) is good for viewing onscreen (i.e. in Turnitin) and will reduce the file size
    Print (220ppi) is good for viewing onscreen and printing
  3. Make sure that Remove cropped picture regions is selected
  4. Click OK

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 Watch the video below to see this in action

Turnitin and Office 365/Office online

This is important information for those students making online submissions who use Word Online via their web browser to create their submission document. It does not apply to those who create documents with a local installation of Office 2013 or 2010 on their computer.

Note: This only applies to students who are required to submit work via Turnitin.

In order to submit a document when using Word Online you first need to save a local copy to upload it via LearningSpace. Please do not choose the “Download a copy” option. This file will most likely fail to submit correctly. Instead choose the “Download as PDF” option and submit that file. This is due to a bug in Turnitin. The problem is not unique to our university, it affects many institutions across the country. Having identified the problem we are all now waiting for Turnitin to provide a fix. turnitn365 Until then, please avoid submitting documents saved from Word Online in .docx format. Always save them as PDF files. We have not been able to test the result where files are created using Microsoft Office as an app on an iPad or Android device but we believe it would be prudent to save as PDF in those cases as well.

Check that your e-Submission was successful

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.  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

Preparing a presentation with notes for submission on a PC

PowerPoint presentations can be submitted to Turnitin in their standard .ppt or .pptx format, but if you need tutors to see any notes that you have added to slides you will need to change the file type and settings of your presentation prior to submission. This short guide takes you through the steps required to do this.

Preparing your presentation for submission

  1. Open your presentation
  2. Click File – Save as
  3. Click ‘Save as type’ and select PDF (.pdf)

 

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  1. Click the ‘More options’ link, underneath

Turnitin more options

  1. Then click on the options button

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  1. In the ‘Publish options’ section, click the down arrow and select ‘Notes pages’

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  1. Then click the ‘OK’ button
  2. Now click on ‘Save’ to save your PDF file

Save as

Turnitin FAQs

How can I check the date/time that my essay needs to be submitted?
Is there a file size limit?
Can I check that I’ve submitted the correct essay?
Can I resubmit my essay before the deadline?
Can I submit my essay after the deadline has passed?
What file formats does Turnitin accept?
How do I get a digital receipt?
How do I access and save my graded assignment?
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How can I check the date/time that my essay needs to be submitted?

Login to Marjon Canvas, open your module page and then click the Turnitin assignment to open the submission inbox. You will see start date/time, due date/time and post date/time

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Is there a file size limit?

Yes. The maximum file size that can be submitted to Turnitin is 100 MB

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Can I check that I’ve submitted the correct file?

Yes. You should always check that you have submitted the correct file. To do this, click the Turnitin assignment to open it and then click on the title of your submission. This will open your essay in the Turnitin feedback studio.

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Can I resubmit my essay before the deadline?

For the majority of submissions yes. Click the Turnitin assignment to open the submission inbox, then select the upload button and repeat submission steps – e.g. enter a title, locate your file,  and then click the Resubmission button. Note: If this option isn’t available, please contact the Digital Innovation Team.

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Can I submit my essay after the deadline has passed?

Yes. Turnitin assignments remain open for 14 days after the due date to allow for late submissions. Note: Late submissions receive a capped mark. If you do submit the wrong file by mistake you can resubmit providing that it is prior to the hand in date. This option is not available if you are making a late submission: read more on assessment in the Regulations Framework assessment pages

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What file formats does Turnitin accept?

  • Microsoft Word® (DOC and DOCX)
  • Corel WordPerfect®
  • HTML
  • Adobe PostScript®
  • Plain text (TXT)
  • Rich Text Format (RTF)
  • Portable Document Format (PDF)
  • OpenOffice (ODT)
  • Hangul (HWP)
  • Powerpoint (PPT)
  • Google Docs via Google Drive™

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How do I get a digital receipt?

We recommend that you save a copy of your digital receipt once you have submitted your assignment. To do this click the digital receipt button, bottom right-hand corner when viewing the Turnitin assignment.

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