To use Turnitin inside Blackboard Learn you must set up a Turnitin Assignment. This is completely separate from the normal Assignment feature that you might use in Blackboard.

Follow these steps to set up a Turnitin assignment within Blackboard Learn:

  1. Open up a Blackboard course. Keep in mind that in order to add a Turnitin Assignment you must be a Course Teacher or Course Admin.
  2. Turn on the editing button.
  3. Locate an area on the page within Blackboard where you would like to place your assignment. This assignment can be placed in a content folder, learning module or by itself.
  4. Select the Assessments menu and choose TurnitinUK Assignment. If you do not see this listed then you may need to turn this tool on. Go to the left hand menu > select Customisation > Tool Availability > Make sure there is a tick in the box next to TurnitinUK Assignment in the Available column. A Turnitin screen will appear.
  5. Select Paper Assignment. Then select Next Step. If this is your first Turnitin assignment the system will assume that you want a ‘Paper Assignment’ and it will go to directly to the next option which is the Assignment title.
  6. Type in the Assignment Title. You must type in something for the point value even though it might be irrelevant for your assignment. The point value relates to Grademark, a tool not currently recommended for use.
  7. Fill in the appropriate start, due and post dates. The start date is the date that students can begin submitting their papers. The due date should be after the start date. The due date will define when students 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 will not affect you as it relates to Grademark, a tool not currently recommended for use.
  8. Select Optional settings.
  9. Enter any special instructions for the students. Special instructions might specify what your expectations are or what type of file format the students should use.
  10. Under Allow Submissions after due date, it is best to choose No. You probably want to make sure that all students submit by the due date.
  11. Select Yes to generate an Originality Report.
  12. Select the type of Originality Report you want (see options below).
  13. Decide whether to Exclude bibliographic materials or not. This is a personal preference question. Normally, it is recommended that you choose Yes as source matches for bibliography items are likely to be 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 Turnitin.
  14. Choose whether to Exclude quoted materials or not. It is recommended that you choose 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.
  15. Select your preference under Exclude small matches. 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.
  16. Under Allow Students to see Originality Reports you can select your preference. Some lecturers choose Yes to allow the students to get feedback on their work. This will aid in their understanding of plagiarism. If you do not want the students to see the report, select No.
  17. Choose whether to Reveal grades to the students on the post date or not. If you choose No then it will reveal the grades before the due date and after the due date.
  18. Enable Anonymous marking if required.
  19. Select Submit your paper to the standard paper repository (recommended - see below).
  20. Tick all boxes under Search options. This will mean that Turnitin will search in all possible locations.
  21. Use the GradeMark section only if you plan on using the online marking. You can choose a preset rubric ahead of time or launch Rubric Manager to create a new one for your assignment.
  22. Scroll back to the top of the page.
  23. Click Submit and then OK.

A new Turnitin Assignment inbox will be created on your content page.

Generate Originality Reports for student submissions options

Immediately the report is final

This is the most common choice. Students will submit their paper and within a few minutes the Originality Report will be visible for you and the student (if you have given permission for the students to see the report – see point 16 below for more information).

Immediately (can overwrite reports until the due date)

If you want students to have the opportunity to resubmit their paper and make changes based on feedback from an originality report choose this option. They will receive the first Originality Report within several minutes. If they make changes to their paper (normally based on the feedback from the originality report) and then they resubmit, this will overwrite the previous submission (even if the name of the file is different) but they will not receive another Originality Report for 24 hours. This feature is in place to force the students to think about their changes and plan ahead.

On due date

The students will be able to resubmit many times until the due date. Each submission will overwrite the previous (even if the name has changed). However, on the due date the system will make an Originality Report for the last item that was submitted. This will just generate the report for you and the student (if you have given permission for the students to see the report) on the due date.

You can turn off the ability for students to view Originality Reports (see below under Allow students to see Originality Report).Also be aware that the longer the paper the longer it will take to produce the report.

What are the repositories?


When a student submits a paper 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 student submissions with your students’ submissions. This will enable others to see if collusion (students’ copying from each other) has taken place.

Standard paper repository

THIS IS RECOMMENDED. If you allow students to submit to the Standard Turnitin Repository, this enables other UK institutions to compare their submissions with these submissions. (Note: they cannot view the Imperial College submissions without permission).

Institution paper repository

If you allow students to submit to the Institutional Turnitin Repository, this enables Imperial College users (and no one else) to compare their submissions with these submissions.

Student’s choice of repository

DO NOT USE. This gives students the choice of repository, which is dangerous. Staff should retain control.

No repository

If you select ‘No repository’ then no one will be able to compare their submissions with these submissions. This is useful for PhD theses or sensitive papers, however, you would not be able to check for collusion between students. This is 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. Therefore this is recommended when testing Turnitin.