Turnitin (Students)


What is Turnitin?

Turnitin is a comprehensive program that can help busy educators provide rich and meaningful feedback on your written work using three tools: OriginalityCheck, GradeMark and PeerMark.

Submitting a Turnitin Assignment

To submit a Turnitin assignment you need to log in to your Moodle subject page, select the assignment link and follow the prompts.

Originality Reports in Turnitin

When you submit an assignment through Turnitin, an originality report is generated that checks student work against a range of internet sources, published works, databases and lodged assignments.

Viewing Grades and Feedback in GradeMark

Turnitin’s GradeMark tool allows for feedback to be provided on your work through drag and drop comments (QuickMarks), marginal comments, general text and audio comments, and rubric scoring.

HDR Thesis Checking through Turnitin

It is a requirement for HDR students to put a draft of their research thesis through the Turnitin’s text matching system before submitting it for examination.

HDR Students should access Turnitin through the Moodle site 'Turnitin Thesis Checking HDR Students'. If you cannot access this site, please contact the Graduate Research School for assistance.

Note: Turnitin has file size requirements. It will only accept files that are less than 40mb and 400 pages. If your thesis exceeds these limits you can either compress the file or save it as multiple files for uploading to Turnitin

What is Turnitin? 

Turnitin is a program used by the university that can help teachers provide rich and meaningful feedback on your written work. Once you submit a Turnitin Assignment through Moodle, Turnitin allows for feedback from three different tools: OriginalityCheck, PeerMark and GradeMark.

What is Turnitin

The rich feedback from OriginalityCheck, PeerMark and GradeMark can help you improve your writing skills and develop better research practices. Turnitin can be used during every step of the writing process, from pre-writing, to drafting and revising, and even for reflection after an assignment is graded.

Watch the following video to learn more about what Turnitin can offer:

Submitting a Turnitin Assignment

To submit a Turnitin assignment you need to log in to your Moodle subject page, find the assignment submission link and follow the prompts.

Watch the following video to see how it is done:



Submitting your assignment through Moodle

To submit your Turnitin assignment, follow these steps:

1.  Log in to Moodle

2.  Click on the Turnitin assignment link

3.  Click on “Submit paper”

4.  Give your assignment a name

5.  Upload your assignment file (drag and drop into drop box) 

6.  Check the box to agree to the terms and click “Add Submission”.

Upon uploading your assignment, you will receive a digital receipt to acknowledge that your assignment has successfully been uploaded to Turnitin. This receipt provides a submission id and an extract of the assignment that you submitted.

Retrieve your originality report

The first time that you upload your assignment, the originality report will be processed in around 10 minutes. To retrieve the report:

1.  Click on your assignment link

2.  Click on the similarity percentage/colour on the “My Submissions” page. If the similarity percentage does not appear or is pending after 10 minutes following your submission, click the “Refresh Submissions” tab.

Resubmitting your assignment 

If your assignment allows for resubmission before the due date, you can apply the feedback from your originality report, make necessary changes to your work, and resubmit your assignment. To do this, follow the same steps above for submitting an assignment. NOTE: When you submit your assignment to Turnitin a second time, it takes approximately 24 hours to receive an originality report. So make sure that you allow yourself enough time to submit before the due date.

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Originality Reports in Turnitin

When you submit a Turnitin assignment through Moodle, Turnitin generates an originality report. This report identifies how similar your paper is to existing works and provides information about the sources that it matches. To create this report, Turnitin checks your work against a range of sources:

Reports in Turnitin

You can use your originality report as a guide to help you improve your assignment and academic writing skills. The report provides an overall matching similarity percentage and feedback about your work in terms of:

  • Content: Correctly acknowledging someone else’s ideas and writing
  • Punctuation: Correct use of punctuation to identify direct quotes that have been properly cited
  • Quality of references: Inclusion of recognised authors and well cited papers
  • Format of references: Presented in the correct format with all details

To retrieve your originality report click on the similarity percentage in the submissions page of your assignment link in Moodle.

The following video will show you how to access and interpret your originality report. It will also show you how to re-upload your assignment to Turnitin once you have made necessary changes:


Similarity percentage

Your originality report will provide an overall matching similarity percentage. This percentage indicates how much of your paper is matched to existing work.  The percentages in the sidebar provide a more detailed breakdown of the matched sources that contribute to this overall similarity percentage.

Matched Sources

The number and colour of the sources in the side bar match the numbers and colours highlighted in your paper. This indicates the parts of your paper that match to existing content from the Turnitin database. If you click on the matching text within the paper, the matching source of the text will be displayed in a pop-up, and this will show you the matching text among surrounding text. To view additional sources of the matching content, hover over the source listing in the sidebar and click on the circled arrow icon that appears. This will take you to the “Match Breakdown” view. From the Match Breakdown view, you can see additional sources that you may have used.

Amending errors

Once you have viewed your originality report, it is time to correct errors that may be contributing to a higher similarity percentage. These errors may include incorrect referencing formats or punctuation on quotes, or too many direct quotes or text that is too similar to another’s work. Upon correcting these issues and resubmitting your assignment, your similarity percentage will reduce.


If your assignment allows for resubmission, you can re-upload your assignment to Turnitin following the same steps that you would when you first uploaded your assignment. Make sure that your assignment has the same name as the first file that you uploaded, and give yourself enough time because when you submit your assignment to Turnitin a second time, it takes approximately 24 hours for it to generate an originality report.

 PDF icon 32x32Originality Reports in Turnitin 


Viewing Grades and Feedback in Grademark

When a teacher uses the GradeMark tool in Turnitin to mark your assignment online, they are offered several ways to provide clear, meaningful and personally relevant feedback about your work. Feedback can be provided through the use of QuickMark comments, marginal comments, general text comments, general audio comments, and rubric scoring.


To access grades and feedback for your Turnitin assignment: log in to your Moodle subject; click on the Turnitin assignment link; and, from the “My Submissions” page click on the pencil icon next to your grade in the grade column.


Watch the following video to learn more about how to access and interpret feedback for your Turnitin assignment:

QuickMark Comments

QuickMark comments provide general guidelines for improving your work in terms of punctuation, grammar, structure and form. QuickMark comments are the small blue boxes of text that appear on your paper. When you click on them they provide a definition. For example, if you have incorrectly used a comma in one of your sentences, you may see a QuickMark comment with the title “comma splice”. When you click on that comment it explains what a comma splice is and how you might fix it.

Marginal Comments

If a teacher wants to provide specific and personalised feedback about your work, they may wish to add custom marginal comments. These are either the speech bubble comments on your page, or the blue text comments that have been directly typed onto your paper.

General Comments

General comments about your work overall will appear to the right of your paper. General comments can be provided in a text or audio form.


If there is a rubric attached to your assignment you can view your rubric score by clicking on the rubric button in the bottom right hand corner of the document viewer.

Download feedback

To download a copy of your marked assignment, click on the print icon to the bottom left of the document viewer and select “download pdf…”

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Last reviewed: 4 September, 2018