Set up an assignment
To set up an assignment on Turnitin Online, follow these steps:
- Click on the name of your class. If you get a popup which provides information about students enrolling on the class you can ignore it and close the window. Students will not be enrolling using Turnitin Online at Imperial.
- Click on Add Assignment. The New Assignment options will pop up.
- Add a title to the assignment. You must type in something for the point value even though it will be irrelevant for your assignment. The point value relates to Grademark which is a tool that you may or may not use for online grading.
- Choose either Allow only file types that can check for originality (this refers to text-based documents that can be checked for originality) or Allow any file type (this can be used for files that you wish to grade in Grademark, such as an image. These documents may or may not have text that requires originality checking.
- Fill in the appropriate start date, due date and post date. The start date is the date that you can begin submitting students’ papers. The due date should be after the start date. The due date will define when you cannot submit papers anymore. The post date should be after the due date. Just put in a random date that is after the due date. This setting relates to Grademark.
- Select More options to set further options for your assignment.
- Enter special instructions, if required. You may leave the Special instructions section for students blank. This section is not relevant for Imperial students as they do not have access to Turnitin2 Online.
- Choose Yes in the Allow submissions after the due date? field, if you wish to allow submissions after the due date.
- Choose whether to Generate Originality Reports for submissions or not (recommended).
- Leave Generate Originality Report for student submissions on the default setting.. The other options relate to student based submissions and this is not a feature that is used at Imperial College London.
- Choose whether to Exclude bibliographic materials from the Similarity Index for all papers in this assignment or not (recommended). It is recommended that you choose yes as source matches for bibliography items are likely to found and therefore contribute to the similarity index percentage. Selecting yes means that any text appearing after the heading ‘References’ or ‘Bibliography’ will not be submitted for comparison in Turnitin2.
- Choose whether to Exclude quoted materials or not. It is recommended that you select No. If you select Yes, quotations will only be excluded if enclosed in double quotation marks, not single quotation marks. As UK academic practice is to enclose quotations in single quotation marks, this means you will not see any useful exclusions.
- Choose whether to Under Exclude small matches or not. If you choose Yes, then you will see a pop up box entitled Exclude matches by. This will allow you to set a word count or percentage. This can help to reduce the amount of matches and therefore reduce the similarity index percentage.
- Choose No in the Allow Students to see Originality Reports field. Imperial students do not have access to Turnitin Online.
- Chooes Yes for Enable anonymous marking if you would like to use Grademark to mark your submissions and you would like to grade them anonymously.
- Select Submit your paper to the standard paper repository (recommended).
- Select all boxes in the Search Options area. This will mean that Turnitin will search in all possible locations.
- Select your pre-made rubric (grading form created in GradeMark) from the drop down menu, if required. If you would like to use a grading form but have not created it in GradeMark, select the Launch Rubric/Form Manager. Alternatively, you can find a rubric that’s right for your assignment in Turnitin Teaching Tools and you can select from a bank of premade rubrics.
- Tick the Would you like to save these options as your defaults for future assignments box if you wish to save these options for the future.
- Click on Submit.
A new Turnitin Assignment inbox will be created on your screen.
What are the repositories?
When a paper is submitted to Turnitin, it can be stored in one of the Turnitin databases. You can choose which database/repository you would like to store it in. The choice of repository will allow other people at other UK Universities to compare their submissions with your students’ submissions. This will enable others to see if collusion (the act of one student allowing another to copy their work, and both submitting as if their own) has taken place.
Standard paper repository
THIS IS RECOMMENDED. If you choose to submit to the Standard Turnitin Repository, this enables other UK institutions to compare their submissions with these submissions. (Note: they cannot view Imperial submissions without permission).
Institutional paper repository
If you choose to submit to the Institutional Turnitin Repository, this enables Imperial users (and no one else) to compare their submissions with these submissions.
Student’s choice of repository
DO NOT USE. Students cannot submit their own assignments to Turnitin online so this is irrelevant.
If you select No repository then people from other institutions will not be able to compare their submissions with the papers you have submitted to Turnitin. Selecting No repository is useful for PhD theses or sensitive papers – however you would not be able to check for collusion between students. Selecting No repository is also a good option when you want to obtain a plagiarism report for a particular paper but you don’t want your item to be stored for future collusion checks. We recommend you also select this option when you are testing out Turnitin.