Turnitin is used for the e-submission of your assignments. It is an online tool that you use to upload your work so that it can be marked by your tutor. You access Turnitin from Blackboard.
When you submit your work for marking there are some important things you need to know. It is your responsibility to:
In some programmes or modules, Turnitin may have been set up with two folders. If this applies to you, one is the DRAFT folder and the other is the FINAL folder. You may submit your assignment into the DRAFT folder to check for plagiarism and self-rectify, but remember you must submit your assignment into the FINAL folder for it to go through for marking.
Note:Your first originality report should be available in approximately 5 minutes (although it may take longer). For any further drafts of your assignment that you submit it may take up to 24 hours for your originality report to be ready.
When you submit a draft assignment to Turnitin you get an Originality Report. This report shows blocks of text in your assignment that matches text in other sources such as ebooks, journals, websites and assignments already submitted through Turnitin. This helps you to avoid plagiarism as you can check that you have cited and referenced this content. It won’t check that you have formatted your citations and references correctly, you’ll need to do that for yourself.
Our User Guide How to interpret a Turnitin ‘Originality Report’ [pdf] contains important information about your Originality Report, including how access the original report, what kind of information is held within the report and filtering options.
Only your lecturer can tell you how and where to submit your assignment. If you are asked to submit your assignment electronically through Blackboard using Turnitin, make sure you know from your lecturer where the submissions folders are.
Important: You can only submit once to the final assignments area.
Step 1: Log into Blackboard. In the top right hand corner you will see an arrow next to your name. Click on this and select the My Grades icon.
Step 2: You’ll see a list of modules. If any assignments have been marked you will see your grade. On the right hand side of the screen, click on the speech bubble next to your grade to see basic feedback.
Step 3: If you want to see more detailed feedback click on the assignment title and then click on the icon next to ‘My Paper’.
Step 4: Your assignment will open; to view your feedback click ‘GradeMark’ which is found in the top left of the document.
Step 5: You may have been left feedback within the ‘General Comments’ section found on the right of the document or within ‘speech bubbles’ on the document itself. Move your mouse cursor over the speech bubble to view the feedback. You can print the document and associated feedback by clicking on the ‘Print’ icon in the bottom left of the document.
How do I submit non text-based assessments?
For non text-based assessments (e.g. audio/video, etc.) or where files may be larger than the Turnitin limit (>20mb), your tutor may use the Blackboard Assignment Tool.
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