Student Submits in MyCourses


Are you submitting a draft or a final version for grading?

The Aalto University Code of Academic Integrity recommends that the teacher should give students the possibility to practice originality checking of their work before the final submission (which is graded).

The idea of practising is to learn to cite reference sources correctly and to learn to write the referenced text in one's own words (paraphrasing). If mistakes in citing references or paraphrasing are found, like making only minor changes to the source text (which is one form of plagiarism), in a paper during grading, the teacher cannot grade the paper before the case has been handled according to the procedure described in Aalto University Code of Academic Integrity .

  The teacher can arrange to practise good writing practices in several different ways. If there seemed to be only one submission inbox for an assignment which will be graded, it can, however, contain a possibility to a draft submission before a final version, see more information in teacher's instructions. If you are not sure whether the submission inbox in question contains this feature, ask it from your teacher.

 If a course workspace does not contain a possibility to practice Turnitin submission or your thesis supervisor has not arranged a MyCourses workspace for thesis supervision, you can also go to Independent Turnitin Originality Check  which is a common workspace for all students in MyCourses.

Supported file formats and file size

The supported file formats for Turnitin originality check are
    • Microsoft Word® (.doc/.docx)

    • OpenOffice Text (.odt)

    • WordPerfect®  (.wpd)

    • PostScript (.ps/.eps)

    • HTML

    • Hangul Word Processor file (.hwp)

    • Rich text format (.rtf)

    • Plain text (.txt)

    • Google Docs via Google Drive™

    • Adobe® PDF
    • Microsoft PowerPoint® (.pptx, .ppt, .ppsx, and .pps)

    • Microsoft Excel® (.xls and .xlsx)

A LaTeX file should be typeset into PDF-format with PdfLaTex: run the .tex source code and a pdf file is created. If you write your thesis, use only the Aalto LaTeX templates for thesis and follow the given instructions: a template for basic degrees and licentiate thesis, and a template for the doctoral thesis (Link will be provided later). Otherwise the file may not be read by Turnitin.

A file should contain at least 20 words. The maximum file size is 100MB or less than 800 pages. If the file is bigger than that, you have to split it into two separate files and submit the first one into Part 1 and the other one into Part 2. By default, there is only Part 1 in a submission box. Teacher can add parts by editing the settings.

See a full description of restrictions in submitting files in Turnitin guides.

Submission in MyCourses workspace

Follow the steps 1-16 marked on the screenshots below.

1. Turnitin submission inbox is marked with a Turnitin icon in a MyCourses workspace.

2. Assignment instructions can be seen under Description. If you hide the description by clicking the green spot (turns +), the submission function (5.) can be seen more easily.

3. A submission inbox can contain one or more tabs for submitting as it is in this screen capture: Draft and Final version. By default, tabs are named Part 1, Part 2, ..., but a teacher can rename them. Check that you are submitting on the right tab.

4. The highest grade of a grading scale can be seen under the title Maximum mark. The default scale is 1-100, which can be seen also in cases when a teacher does not give a grade, but assesses submissions in other ways. If a teacher has attached assessing criteria to the assignment, an rubric icon can be seen next to the maximum mark.

5. Start submitting.


6. Write a title of your work.

7. Start choosing a file from your computer (alternatively, drag and drop a file).

7.1. Browse and select a file

7.2. Confirm your file selection.

8. Submission is not possible without checking the agreement box. Your agreement is asked even if papers are not stored in the Turnitin Student Paper Repository. Papers saved in the repository are protected against plagiarism. Teacher has chosen in settings whether submissions are stored in the repository or not. It is recommended that she/he informs students about the choice.

9. Add the submission. If you use Turnitin for the first time ever, you are asked to agree the Turnitin User Agreement.


10. A digital receipt appear on screen if the submission was succesful. If you get any other notification, read tips from Turnitin support.


11. A receipt of a submission is also available in the submission inbox.

12. - 13. Turnitin originality report is ready as soon as a similarity percentage appears in the inbox (12.). It takes from several minutes up to 24 hours. If there is a notice Pending instead of a percentage, click Refresh Submissions (nr 13) to see the latest state. A teacher might have changed the default settings. For example, a student can not see an originality report at all or a report will be generated only after the due date.

Open the originality report and possible feedback by clicking the percentage. The view is opened on a new (browser) tab and it may take a moment, because Turnitin Feedback studio opens and MyCourses remains in the other tab.

Note! Do not pay too much attention to the similarity percentage. Similarities must always be interpreted. Some matches can be ok, like matches in a reference list, but some may not be ok. See tips for interpreting a report.

14.-15. Possible feedback and grade given by a teacher is available after the date Assessment available (14) when the pencil icon appears in the inbox (15). Click the pencil icon to enter Turnitin Feedback studio. See the next chapter Student views feedback

16. Possible resubmission is possible if Submit Paper link is available. See more information about resubmission below.


A resubmitted paper replaces the earlier file and the new report overwrites the earlier one. After 3 resubmissions a report of the fourth file will not be generated sooner than after 24 hours. Resubmission may also be disabled by the teacher (setting "Report Generation Speed  = Generate reports immediately, resubmission not allowed").

If resubmission is allowed before the due date, you can submit a draft of an assignment at first, interpret the originality report of it, correct possible flaws and resubmit the corrected version for grading.

Removing a submitted file

If the file is stored in the Turnitin student paper repository (comparison database), it will be stored there for the period determined by Aalto University. Teachers may remove files from the inbox in MyCourses, but this action does not remove the submission from the comparison database. By default, the submissions are not stored in a repository. However, your teacher may have changed this setting. It is in the students' interest to save their submissions in the repository since in this way the submissions are protected against plagiarism.

If you want your submission removed from the repository, send a removal request with the link to the submission box and the paper ID to turnitin(at)aalto.fi. The work ID is on the digital receipt.

However, the paper submitted in a course submission inbox can not be removed for 8 weeks after submitting because of possible grading. A paper submitted in the workspace Independent Turnitin originality check can be deleted right away.