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Information about how to submit your work

What is Turnitin?

Turnitin is an online assignment submission tool within My Studies. It allows you to submit your work electronically for assessment. It can be used to handle the collection, marking and return of feedback of your work.

It is also used to check assignment submissions for 'originality'. It does this by comparing the text of a submitted assignment against text from a wide range of electronic material including journals, websites, and other students' work, including work from many UK universities.

Technical Checklist

Supported browsers: Firefox, Chrome, Safari and Microsoft Edge. The recommended browser is Firefox.
Please note: there are known issues when using Internet Explorer 11 and Safari on MacOS 10.13+ (Affects: High Sierra, Mojave, Catalina, Big Sur).

Computer system requirements:

  • Windows® 7, 8.1, 10
  • Mac OS X Intel v10.7+, El Capitan 10.11+
  • ChromeOS

Access the complete list of requirements at the Turnitin website.

Supported file types for Turnitin assignments: Microsoft Word (DOC and DOCX), PowerPoint (PPT and PPTX), Corel WordPerfect®, HTML , Adobe PostScript, Plain text (TXT), Rich Text Format (RTF), Portable Document Format (PDF), OpenOffice (ODT), Google Docs.

File size limit: 100MB

Turnitin Frequently Asked Questions

decorative arrow imageQ: I have received an error message saying that my file is too large to upload, what can I do?


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decorative arrow imageQ: Can I download a copy of my work from Turnitin?


Converting files to PDF

Where possible, you should use MS Word (or Open Office Writer) to produce your written assignments. When you are using other software applications to produce your written file, you can go to Save as... > PDF to convert the file.

Web Browser Compatibility

 Problems with Turnitin?
  • The icon of Safari on macOSIf you are on a Mac, do not use Safari – please try another browser (eg Firefox or Chrome). If you still experience issues please submit your work from a PC.
  • Problems on a PC? Try another browser
  • If you still experience issues, call the Service Desk on 01273 644444 or email

How to submit

Turnitin Submission points typically look like the image shown below. Step-by-step video tutorials and written instructions to download are provided on this page.

Screenshot of a Turnitin Submission Point in My Studies

Step 1 - Prepare your file for submission

  • Create your written assignment in Microsoft Word (or Open Office Writer) where possible.
  • Use standard common font types (such as Arial, Verdana, Helvetica, Calibri).
  • Insert graphics, photos or charts as images that are in either png or jpeg format.
  • Avoid using text boxes and WordArt in Microsoft Office applications.
  • Copy and paste text into your file as ‘plain text’ to remove any hidden code, especially where this is taken from web pages.

Step 2 - Submit your work

Where possible, you should use MS Word (or Open Office Writer) to produce your written assignments. When you are using other software applications to produce your written file, you can go to Save as... > PDF to convert the file.

Direct link to video (fullscreen)

Tips for submitting your work

  • If the submission point allows you to resubmit your assignment up until the Due Date, make a practice submission as a draft. This will allow you to review your similarity report and test your submission.
  • Make sure you submit the correct file type (check with your school if in doubt) with Turnitin the file size limit is 100MB and the recommended format for submission is PDF (Portable Document Format).
  • You can submit one file only, for example appendices cannot be separate files. You need to compile all your sections in one Word document or one PDF.

Step 3 - Check your Submission

Check your work and access your similarity report

Once you have submitted check it was successful and that you submitted to correct file.
Click on the submission point after submitting to check if the file is visible and looks as you intended.
Screenshot showing a mouse cursor pointing to the 'view' button in Turnitin after submission.
After you have submitted you will see the option to 'View' your assignment.
Simulated view of an essay in the Turnitin document viewer
Simulation of a paper in the Turnitin document viewer window. Check through your paper to make sure that the content is correct and visible.

Then check your email to make sure that you received your submission receipt.

Check your similarity report to ensure that you have cited your sources and have not unintentionally plagiarised. If you find corrections to make, edit your document and resubmit your work prior to the deadline. You will receive a new email receipt each time.

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Step 4 - Access your Feedback and Marks

Once your Turnitin assignment has been marked and the feedback and marks have been released by your tutor, you can find these in the 'Assessment and Marks' area in your module, via the link entitled '3. Accessing your marks and feedback in My Marks'. The video below also explains the alternative route to your feedback, which is via the Turnitin submission point where you originally submitted your work.

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