Submitting your work to Turnitin (Students)

Similarity is not necessarily bad; for example, if you have quoted material, we would expect that to be the same as the source. If you are referencing an academic article, it’s likely that others have also referenced the same article, so the entry in your bibliography will be the same as others. 

How to prepare your work

Turnitin accepts a limited number of file types. You are advised to use Microsoft Word in most cases. If you haven’t already installed it, you can install it as part of the University licence. In addition, the work must contain more than twenty words, be less than 100MB and less than eight hundred pages.

  • If the work is set to be marked anonymously, make sure you do not have your name in the file anywhere. 
  • To ensure you don’t upload the incorrect file, develop a clear naming convention for example:  StudentID_ModuleCode_AssignmentTitle

PDF files

In several instances, you may find a pdf file more useful than Word. For example:

  • If you are using Apple pages – use Export to PDF Do not use Export to word – as it creates an older version of Word. 
  • If you have a Word document, that has a lot of formatting, and you have a lot of embedded images, use Word’s “Save as” and select .pdf 
    • In both cases, if your tutor has explicitly asked for a Word document, speak to them before converting! 

Do not, however, use a scanner, and scan a printed document to PDF. This will generate an image pdf, but Turnitin can’t tell that it’s a picture of text. If you have work that you need to scan, and to submit to Turnitin, talk to your tutor in the first instance. 

Uploading your work

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