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  1. A Turnitin submission box in MyCourses is identifiable from the logo and activity identifier encircled in the screenshot (1). Find the correct activity from the name of the submission box where you must submit your assignment. The name of the submission box in the screenshot below is "Homework assignment".
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    1.  Assignment instructions given by the teacher are seen under Description. You can hide the description by clicking on the red '-' or make it visible by clicking on the green '+' that appears when the description is hidden. If you hide the description by clicking the green spot (turns to +), the submission function (5.) can be seen more easily.
    2. A submission inbox can contain one or more tabs to submit your work, as in this screenshot withDraft and Final version. By default, the tabs are named Part 1, Part 2, ..., which the teacher can rename. Check that you submit your work in the right tab.
    3. The marks you can get for the submission are shown under Marks Available. The default scale is 1-100, which is shown also when the teacher does not give marks but assesses submissions in other ways. When the teacher attaches assessing criteria to the assignment, the rubric icon appears next to the marks available.
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  2. Referring to the screenshot above, click on the icon to open the submission dialogue box (see item 4 below).
  3. Give your submission a name
  4. Upload your file either by
    1. dragging and dropping your file in the designated area or
    2. using the File picker to (5bi) browse your computer and (5bii) upload your file.
  5. Check the box to confirm i. that the submission is your own work and ii. that you agree that the work may be stored in Turnitin's standard repository. Submission is not possible without checking the agreement box. Papers saved in the repository are protected against plagiarism. The teacher decides whether the submission is stored in the standard repository (as for final submissions) or not (typically for drafts). It is recommended that the teacher informs students about this choice.
  6. Upload the submission. When using Turnitin for the first time, you are asked to agree with the terms in the Turnitin User Agreement.
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    Drag-and-drop dialog box of the Turnitin submission box. Also shown is the view of the File picker dialog box.Image Added
  7. You will see a digital receipt on the screen for successful submission. In case of problems making a submission, see the tips in Turnitin's support.
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  8. Open the submission receipt here.
  9.  As soon as the Turnitin similarity report is ready, the similarity percentage and a coloured rectangle appear in the submission box. This can take from a couple of minutes up to 24 hours. If it says Pending instead of a percentage, the similarity check is still being processed. Once ready, click on the percentage number or coloured rectangle to open the similarity report in the Turnitin Feedback Studio in a new tab. Read Turnitin's pages for details on the ranges of the coloured rectangle on ranges of the coloured rectangle (the similarity icon) and on interpreting the similarity score. The similarity percentage on its own is not very meaningful; every similarity found must always be interpreted in the context it is written. Some matches, like those in a reference list, are perfectly OK. See here for tips on interpreting the similarity report.
  10. When the similarity status is Pending, you may click on Refresh Submissions to see whether the processing has ended. Click on Refresh Submissions if on resubmitting a new version the similarity report is not updated.
  11. Post date Date is the date after which the teacher's feedback and assignment grade is are visible to the students.
  12. The grade given by the teacher for the assignment is visible here too as also in the similarity report. It is visible only after the Post dateDate. A pencil icon appears alongside the grade that can be clicked to open Feedback Studio to see the teacher's possible feedback. See the details in Student views feedback.
  13. If allowed by the teacher, you can resubmit your work until the due date or later if late submissions are allowed by clicking on Submit Paper. See Resubmission below for details.
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    Student view of the submission box after the submission made has been processed and the similarity report created.Image Added


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