Account Id For Turnitin Assignments

Once a class and assignment have been created, the instructor or students are ready to begin submitting papers and using Turnitin. If the instructor is planning to do the submissions of papers, please skip to the next section, Submitting Papers.

Warning: It is strongly recommended that students submit papers themselves. This will save time and enable the use of the PeerMark, GradeMark and Gradebook products. PeerMark, GradeMark and Gradebook products. 

Enrolling Students


Students must be enrolled in a class to submit papers, access grades, or access peer review assignments. Students can self-enroll by creating a user profile using the class ID number and class enrollment key. You can enroll students in a class one by one or by uploading a list of e-mails and student names.

If you choose to add students to the class directly, each student added to the class will be automatically e-mailed and provided with instructions on how to create their account password. If the e-mail address entered when adding a student is not valid, the student will not receive an e-mail. For this reason, students who do not possess valid e-mail addresses must enroll themselves using the class ID and enrollment key.

Allowing Students to Self-Enroll


Students self-enrolling into a Turnitin class must have the numeric class ID and the case sensitive class enrollment key. This provides a student user with authorization to access the class on Turnitin. Please do not post the class ID and key on a publicly accessible website; this is to ensure only your students enroll in your class.

You can view and change your class enrollment key in the class settings page. To change the enrollment key for a class, select the cog icon in the Edit column for that class on the Turnitin instructor homepage.



Either take note of your current enrollment key or update it. Select Submit to save any changes. 



We recommend you make your key more secure than 12345, used above for demonstrative purposes.


Changing the enrollment key after student enrollment is completed will not affect the currently enrolled students. 

For step by step student oriented instructions or student self-enrollment information, please view the Turnitin Student User Manual, Student Quick Start Guide, or Student training video.

Enrolling Students Manually


An instructor may add students individually to the class. You must provide first name, last name, and e-mail address for the user. A welcome e-mail will be sent to the student being added to the class.

If the e-mail address provided already exists on a user profile on Turnitin, the user welcome e-mail indicates only that the user has been added to a class as a student.

If the Email address provided by the instructor has never been used to create a Turnitin profile before, a new user welcome e-mail is sent. The student is provided with a temporary password for logging into Turnitin to complete the user profile. 


1. From the class homepage click on the students tab to open the student list for the class



2. Click the add student button



3. Enter the required information - the student first name, last name, and Email address



4. Click submit to enroll the student. A welcome Email will be sent to the user.


Enrolling Students From a List


You may upload a student list to add to a course. The student list must be one hundred (100) entries or less. Larger classes may be separated into multiple lists, each of which can be uploaded individually.

The list must be a Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, or plain text (.txt) file. The first name, last name, and Email address for each student must be provided. The formatting must be as follows:





Once the student list is available, the list may be uploaded from the student page of the class. 


1. From the class home page, click on the students tab



2. Click the upload student list button



3. Click the Choose File button and locate the file containing the student list on your computer.



4. Click submit to upload the student list file


5. The student list will be displayed. Check the displayed list for errors. To submit this list, click yes, submit. If you find any errors, or the incorrect file was selected, choose no, go back and make the necessary changes or select a different file for step 3



6. Once yes, submit has been selected the final screen will display the newly enrolled list of student users. To return to the class student page, click the return to students link in the top right-hand corner


Enrollment Emails 


As soon as students are added to a class a confirmation Email is sent to the Email address provided. If the student has an existing user profile, the confirmation Email contains only notification of the new class enrollment. If the Email address used was not for an existing student user in the Turnitin system, the confirmation Email will allow the student to create their password.

New student user profiles that have never logged in are indicated with a pink highlight over the enrollment date to the left of the student name on the student list page.


Re-sending New User Enrollment E-Mail


You can re-send the welcome Email to student users who have not yet logged into Turnitin. You can also change the Email address or name information to fix any incorrect information in the event that a student no longer has access to the Email address used initially for the user profile. 

Students who did not receive the enrollment Emails will need to check junk mail or any other mail filters (such as parental filters on Email account) and ensure that they are able to receive Emails from and before the welcome Email is re-sent. 


Student users who have logged into Turnitin one or more times cannot have this information reset by yourself and must use the Forgot Your Password? link on the Turnitin homepage.

How to Re-Send a Welcome E-mail


You can re-send welcome e-mails from the student list page of a class. To reach the student page, click on the class name and then the gray student tab above the assignment list.

On the students page, any students who have never logged in and completed the information on the user profile will have a pink highlight over the date in the enrolled column to the left of the student name.


To re-send the activation Email, click on the pink highlighted date to the left of the student name. 



Check the user information and make any needed changes to this information.



To send the new user confirmation and welcome Email, click on submit. A new copy of the welcome e-mail, including temporary password, will be sent.


Training Video: Adding Students to a Class



Student users of Turnitin submit papers to a class from the class portfolio page. The class portfolio page is viewed by clicking on the name of the class from the student homepage. The class portfolio page lists assignments created by the instructor for students to submit to. 

Note: If there are no assignments listed, students will not be able to submit any papers to the course until the assignments are created. Ensure that the correct course is being accessed and contact the instructor if no assignments are available to submit to. Only the instructor controlling the class will be able to create assignments for students in the class.

Note: Anonymous marking is now available for all assignments, globally. Anonymous marking is a system of assessment where a student's name and any other identifiable information is unknown to an instructor. Speak to your institution administrator for more information on this method of marking. 

File Types and Size


Allow any file type


If an assignment is set to allow any file typeTurnitin will accept any file:


  • that is less than 40mb;

  • that has a minimum of 20 words; and

  • that is less than 400 pages.

File types checked for similarity


If the assignment is set to allow only file types that Turnitin can check for similarity, Turnitin will only accept files that can generate Similarity Reports.


This includes:




Microsoft Word® (.doc/.docx)

Hangul Word Processor file (.hwp)


OpenOffice Text (.odt)

Rich text format (.rtf)


WordPerfect®  (.wpd)
Plain text (.txt)PostScript (.ps)


Google Docs via Google Drive™

If submitting with Google Drive™, third-party cookies must be allowed in your browser, otherwise, any attempts to sign into Google to upload from Google Drive will fail. Note that Google Drive functionality is not supported in IE8 or below. Do not upload Google Doc (.gdoc) files directly to file does not store the document, but contains a reference to it online, in Google Docs.


Adobe® PDF

Turnitin will not accept PDF image files, forms, or portfolios, files that do not contain highlightable text (e.g. a scanned file - usually an image), documents containing multiple files or files created with software other than Adobe Acrobat®.


Microsoft PowerPoint® (.pptx, .ppt, .ppsx, and .pps)

It is possible to submit PowerPoint® files through,, Turnitin Basic integrations, newer versions of the Turnitin Direct integrations, and LTI compliant integrations only. Turnitin converts the PowerPoint® slide deck into a static PDF, leaving all text and images in their original format but leaving out features such as presenter notes, embedded video, and animations. Text with visual effects is not supported, and it is recommended that any visual effects such as shadows and 3D be removed prior to submitting to Turnitin. 


Microsoft Excel® (.xls and .xlsx)

The version of the file that can be viewed in the Document Viewer will look the same as it would if the Excel file had been saved as a PDF and submitted to Turnitin. We highly recommend that users pay attention to the image preview provided in the single file submission to verify that the file is presented in an acceptable manner.  Users can adjust the way the file looks by editing the page setup and print area settings for the file prior to saving it and submitting it to Turnitin.

If you are using an unsupported word processor, you may need to save your plain text file as .txt or .rtf in order to upload to Turnitin.

File types not checked for similarity


Turnitin will not accept the following to generate Similarity Reports:

  • Password protected files

  • Microsoft® Works (.wps) files

  • Microsoft Word 2007 macros-enabled .docm files

  • OpenOffice Text (.odt) files created and downloaded from Google Docs online

  • Document (.doc) files created using OpenOffice, as they are not 100% Microsoft Word equivalent

  • Apple Pages

  • Spreadsheets created outside of Microsoft Excel (i.e. .ods)

  • Text with visual effects


When converting a file to a new file format, users should rename their file with a name other than that of the original file. This is suggested to prevent permanent loss of the original formatting or image content of a file due to it being overwritten.



Viewing a Rubric or Grading Form Before Submission

Rubric scorecards and grading forms can be used to evaluate student work based on defined criteria and scales. If your instructor has attached a rubric or grading form to the assignment, ahead of submission, you can view the criteria they will use as a guideline to grade your paper.


To access the rubric or grading form attached to your assignment, click the rubric or grading form icon from the relevant class' assignment inbox.



Note: If your instructor has not attached a rubric or grading form to the assignment, the rubric icon will be unavailable in the assignment inbox.


Your rubric or grading form will open in a new window, so if your browser has a pop-up blocker active, you may need to add Turnitin to its exceptions list in order to view the scoring card or form.



Submitting a Paper


To submit a paper to an assignment on Turnitin, the user must log in and upload a file to an existing assignment. Assignments in Turnitin cannot accept student submissions until the assignment start date and time has passed. Assignments may also reject submissions after the due date and time set by the instructor. 

To check the start date and due date information, either click on the name of the assignment in the class portfolio page or view the start and due dates located under the assignment name. This action opens a pop-up window showing assignment preference information, including start and due dates/times as well as other assignment information or special instructions.

Note: After the submission has completed, a digital receipt is displayed in your browser window. A copy is also sent via email. It is important to use a valid email address to receive this copy of the digital receipt. Save the receipt and the submission ID it contains, as this is proof of a completed submission.

Warning: If the digital receipt is not shown on screen after submission, return to the class portfolio page and view the assignment to ensure the paper submission completed correctly. Submissions can be checked and viewed by clicking on the title of the paper under the title column to the right of the assignment name.

File Upload Submission 


1. Start by clicking on the class name you would like to submit to after logging in to Turnitin



2. Click on the Submit button to the right of the assignment name



3. If necessary, select single file upload from the Submit: pull down menu



4. Enter a title for the submission



5. Once the requirements for single file upload have been reviewed, students have a choice to upload a file from: 

  • the computer
  • Dropbox 
  • or Google Drive

Click one of the submission buttons and then select the file you would like to upload



6. Click Upload to upload the file



7. Review the preview panel. Click the Confirm button to upload the file to the assignment



8. After the submission is complete a digital receipt is displayed on screen. A copy is also sent via e-mail to the address for the user login. Save the receipt and the submission id it contains, as this is proof of a completed submission.



The digital receipt contains a unique submission id number, the name of the user profile submitting, the assignment title, the paper title given by the submitting party, the file name, the file size, the page count, word count, character count, the submission date, as well as the body text of the file submitted.

Cut and Paste Submission


Note: If the add to: pull-down menu appears within the submit paper screen, select whether to store your paper in the standard paper repository or in the institution paper repository.


1. Start by clicking on the class name you would like to submit to after logging in to Turnitin



2. Click on the Submit button to the right of the assignment name



3. Select cut & paste upload from the Submit drop down menu



4. Fill in the submission title field and copy the text from the text document. This must be done from a word processor able to open the file you wish to submit content from. Do not manually type an entire paper in the copy/paste field, which could cause the user login to time-out, losing all the entered data



Tip: To cut and paste text, highlight the text of a paper in a word processing or text editing program and select copy from the edit menu. To transfer the text into your browser, place your mouse cursor in the text box of the submission page and select paste from your browser’s edit menu


5. Click Upload to complete the cut and paste submission of the text pasted into the content box



After the submission has been completed on step 5 a digital receipt is displayed on screen. A copy is also sent via e-mail to the address for the user login. Save the receipt and the submission id it contains, as this is proof of a completed submission.

The digital receipt contains a unique submission id number, the name of the user profile submitting, the paper title given by the submitting party, the assignment title, and the e-mail address for the user submitting, as well as the body text of the file submitted.

Viewing Submitted Files


After a submission has been completed it will be immediately available to view from the class portfolio page for the student or the assignment inbox of the instructor. Submissions made previously can be viewed in any active or expired class that the student is still enrolled in on Turnitin. Instructors may delete classes or unenroll students which prevents the student from viewing submissions that were made in the class.

Every paper that has been submitted can be viewed by clicking on the View button next to the assignment name. This will open a new window in a separate screen that displays the paper information in the heading at the top and the full text of the paper beneath.


Downloading Submitted Papers and Digital Receipts


Previously submitted papers can be downloaded by the student user. This allows a student user to download and save a copy of any submission in the class made by this user. The downloadable version of the file is in the original format of the submission, indicated by the file type name to the right of the file download icon. Some accounts allow the student to select either the PDF version or the original format version to download.

Students may download the digital receipt for submissions at any time from the student’s class home page.


To download a file navigate to the Turnitin class home page for the class the file was submitted to. 

Click on the download button to view and select one of the three download options: Originally submitted format, PDF format, and Digital receipt.



Some users may be prompted by pop-up windows or toolbar icons on their web browser to continue and approve the download or open the file.

Resubmitting a Paper


Some assignments may allow students the ability to overwrite their previous submissions until an assignment's due date. This option is activated by an instructor on an assignment-by-assignment basis. If resubmissions are not enabled, your instructor must manually delete your previous submission to allow you user to submit your second file.

If resubmissions have been enabled or an instructor has deleted your first submission, resubmitting a paper is handled in an identical manner as a first-time submission.

Similarity Report Generation after Resubmission


You are allowed three resubmission attempts where the Similarity Report will generate immediately. After three attempts, you'll have to wait 24 hours before a new Similarity Report can be generated. 


Resubmission attempts are shared between you and your instructor. If they attempt to resubmit on your behalf one of your attempts will be used. 

Uploading Multiple Files to One Assignment


Only a single file may be submitted to a Turnitin assignment. Any second or subsequent submission will overwrite the original submission in this assignment. Contact your instructor if there is more than one file that must be submitted to complete the directions given by your instructor; additional assignments may be created or you may need to combine multiple documents into a single file of an acceptable file type to be uploaded into Turnitin.

Assignment Types


Instructors may create different assignment types based on the Turnitin products that have been purchased. The full list of assignment types is: 


  • Paper Assignment - the standard Turnitin assignment, allowing students a single submission of a file which can then be viewed by the instructor or used with other. Turnitin products on the account.
  • Revision Assignment - a copy of a Paper Assignment which an instructor may create to allow for revisions or rewrites. 
  • Reflection Assignment - an assignment for submitting self-written assessment of the writing process of a Paper Assignment. Based on a specific Paper Assignment.
  • PeerMark Assignment - an assignment which allows students to peer-review the papers written by other students in a Paper Assignment. Students are given free response and scale questions for the review. Peer reviews may be anonymous, and allow students to comment directly on the paper. 

Training Video: Submitting a File or Paper



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