Create a Turnitin assignment link

Before you begin

Have you considered whether you should use a Turnitin or Blackboard assignment? If Turnitin is more suitable, read on or watch a demonstration video.

You can get help as you proceed by hovering over the Help Icon question mark next to each setting.

Create an assignment link

  1. Edit modeIn Blackboard, go to the content area where you want the link to the assignment to appear. This is often on the Submissions page from the left hand menu.
    Ensure you have Edit mode switched on.
  2. Create an assignmentFrom the horizontal tab menu select Assessments, then Turnitin Assignment.
    If this is not the first Turnitin assignment within this Blackboard course, you will be asked to choose the type of assignment you’re creating.
    Choose Paper Assignment then Next step.
  3. Assignment TitleAssignment title Give the assignment a unique and meaningful title – this is what the students will see.Your School may have a naming convention for you to follow.
  4. Point valuePoint value This is the maximum mark the assignment could achieve.
  5. Turnitin file typesSet the files that Turnitin will accept:Allow only file types that Turnitin can check for originality This will prevent students from being able to upload file types not supported by Turnitin’s document viewer. It will also apply restrictions on Word documents and PDFs to insist they contain text that can be scanned for the originality report.Allow any file type This removes the above restrictions. Markers will be prompted to download those files that Turnitin cannot display in its document viewer.
  6. Turnitin file typesSet the assignment dates:
    Start dateThe date & time students can begin submitting to the assignment. This does not control the visibility of the link.
    Due dateThe date & time the papers need to be submitted by.
    Post dateIf Anonymous marking is enabled this is the date and time that the feedback will be released to the student, when the grades are released to the Grade Centre and when the student names are revealed.

    If Anonymous marking is not enabled the marks will be sent to the Grade Centre immediately.
    To prevent students seeing this mark in the Grade Centre the column has to be hidden manually.
  7. Optional settingsNow select the Optional settings button.

Optional settings

Despite the name, there are some very important settings in this section.

Special instructions

Special instructions appear below the link to your assignment on the Submissions page and can be used to provide the student with information such as submission instructions.

Allow submissions after the due date

IMPORTANT Set this to Yes

Students will still be able to upload their assignment after the due date, these submissions will be flagged as late by Turnitin.

You are not able to grant an alternative submission date to specific students, for example to accommodate Extenuating Cirmcumstances. These students will need a new assignment to be created and restricted to their use only using Adaptive Release.

Generate Similarity Reports for submissions?

IMPORTANT Set this to Yes

This will allow Turnitin to create the Similarity Report.

Generate Similarity Reports for student submission

This section controls when the Similarity Report will be created, and also controls if students will be able to resubmit their work, e.g. if they accidentally upload the wrong file.

  • Immediately first report is final – This generates the Similarity Report immediately after the student submits and does not allow the student resubmit another file in it’s place.
    WARNING If a student accidentally submits the wrong file they are not able to resubmit to upload the correct file. The instructor will need to intervene to delete their submission to enable them to resubmit correctly.
  • Immediately (can overwrite reports until due date) – This generates the Similarity Report immediately after the student submits. The student can resubmit as many times as necessary up until the due date and time, each new submission replaces the one before and updates the Similarity Report. All Similarity Reports are re-generated at the due date to ensure they are compared against each other.
  • On due date – This generates the Similarity Report at the due date. Students can resubmit as many times as necessary up until the due date amd time.

Exclude bibliographic material from Similarity Index for papers in this assignment?

This prevents text in the assignment under the trigger words for References or Bibliography from inclusion in the Similarity Report.

Exclude small matches?

You can choose to exclude small amounts of text from the Similarity Report.

If Yes is selected, a dialogue box will appear to control the size of the excluded text.

Allow students to see Similarity Report

Only allow student access to the Similarity Report under closely supervised conditions.

Reveal grades to students only on post date

This will automatically hide the column in the Blackboard Grade Centre for this assignment until the post date.

IMPORTANT Any points awarded to a student will be included in the Total column in the Grade Centre.

While students will not be notified about this, there is the possibility they could use the value in the total column to see (or work out) the grade they have been awarded before you release it.

You will need to exclude the Total column from calculations to prevent this.

Enable anonymous marking?

This masks the name of the student in the Submission Inbox and Feedback Studio until the post date passes.

Submit paper to:

Standard paper repository – A copy of the assignment will be stored in the Turnitin database.

No repository – The assignment is not stored in the Turnitin database. Use this option if you are submitting a test assignment.

Search options

Select or deselect the repositories that Turnitin will check against in the creation of the Similarity Report.

Attach a rubric/form to this assignment

Add a rubric to your assignment.

Save your settings

This will save your settings for future assignments that you create within this Blackboard course.

When you’ve finished setting up your assignment, click the Submit button

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