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What is Turnitin?

Turnitin helps support the development of your skills in preparing written assignments and consists of three primary tools:

  1. Originality text matching
  2. GradeMark online marking and feedback
  3. PeerMark peer assessment

‚ÄčOur guides (below) tell you everything you need to know.

Submission

Assignment Survival guide

Everything you need to know to get you through your online assessment submissions.

Which Browser?

  • Speed up your web browsing, save yourself time.

  • We recommend you use Google Chrome as your primary web browser. Chrome is a fast browser and is kept up to date by Google, reducing the number and effect of compatibility issues.

  • Although we recommend Chrome, no web browser is perfect. We suggest you install multiple browsers e.g. Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox or Safari (Apple Mac).

Wired over Wireless

Wi-Fi is great for catching up on Netflix, but Wireless connections are prone to various connectivity issues when submitting marked assignments or large files (video files).

We always recommend that you use a wired connection when submitting work.

Many devices in a shared house may share the same bandwidth which will slow down your connection. Gaming, video streaming and downloading files all contribute to this network load.

Try not to submit at peak usage times (10:30- 13:30) and if multiple people are submitting in the house, consider staggering your submissions.

Consider taking a trip to the Library as the computers on campus enjoy faster upload speeds than most home PCs. If you're submitting large files (e.g. video files), we strongly recommend submitting from one of our fast, wired connections here at the University.

A table of average upload speeds for different file sizes is displayed below. This should only be taken as a rough guide, but it does give you a basic idea of how long you can expect to wait:

Equipment / connection

40Mb file (Turnitin)

300Mb

1Gb

University wired desktop

2 seconds

30 seconds

2 minutes

Home wired PC/Mac

30 seconds

5 minutes

15 minutes

Home Wi-Fi PC/Mac

5 minutes

50 minutes

3 hours

Hand-in Time, Time In-hand

When it comes to technology, if it can go wrong, there's always a chance it will. So hope for the best, but plan for the worst. Leave yourself plenty of time to submit your assignments and potentially to contact help or support staff if something goes wrong.

Why not use the Skills for Learning assignment calculator to work out how long it's going to take you to complete an assignment?

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Your submission

There are two main types of online submission. This is what they look like in MyBeckett:

Blackboard assignment (top) and Turnitin assignment (bottom)

  • The two types of submission dropbox have different technical requirements in terms of file type / size / submission process etc. Please view our how to submit Turnitin or Blackboard (on this page) guides for more info.

Digital Receipts

When you submit a Blackboard or Turnitin assignment, you can see proof that you've submitted. This is called a submission receipt and both types are explained below:

Turnitin
  • How do I get a Turnitin receipt? When you click Submit you'll be able to access your submitted paper and download / print your proof of submission. Your tutor can also see this. Check out our guide.

  • What's on my Turnitin receipt? It includes your Name, Submission File Name, Assignment Title, Turnitin Class ID, Date and Time of Submission and a Unique Paper ID associated with your submission.

  • When do I get my receipt? You can download your receipt as soon as you've submitted, please see our guide.

  • What if I don't get a receipt? If you can't access your receipt using our guide, please contact us. Our contact details are at the top right of the page.

Blackboard
  • How do I get a Blackboard receipt? When you click Submit, you'll see a page with a brief summary of the assignment details and a date and time of submission. You'll get an email shortly, confirming your submission.

  • What's on my Blackboard receipt? The image below shows what the receipt looks like in your email inbox. It includes your Name, Assignment Name, Assignment ID, Module ID, Date and Time of Submission, a Unique Submission ID and links to all the submitted files.

  • When do I get my Blackboard Receipt? You should get it within five minutes. If you haven't received it within three hours, please contact us. Our contact details are at the top right of this page.

  • How do I find / download my submission? Go to the content area in the module you submitted the assignment to and follow the link to your submission.

  • What if I don't get a receipt? Try to download it using the instructions above, if you aren't able to do this, please contact us. Our contact details are at the top right of this page.

Worst case scenario…

Problem submitting? We suggest you try the following:

  • Screenshot any errors that you encounter

  • Record all problems somewhere so you can reference them to support staff later

  • Contact us - our contact details are at the top right of the page

  • If the issue concerns system downtime, read our What to do if MyBeckett is down? guide.

Submit a Turnitin assignment (with video)

Step by step written and video instructions are below, but please ensure you read the file type / size requirements first. If you don’t comply with these requirements, you won’t be able to submit.

File type

We recommend that you save your Word document as a text PDF file before submitting it to Turnitin.

PLEASE DON'T scan a document to a PDF file and try to submit it. 

Scanned PDFs can't be submitted as Turnitin identifies them as images. All submissions to Turnitin must contain at least 25 words that are not part of an image.

To save a Microsoft Word file as a PDF, choose File -> Save As and select PDF from the Save as type drop down option. Then click Save.

Turnitin accepts the following file types for upload into an assignment:

  • Microsoft Word (DOC and DOCX)

  • Portable Document Format (PDF)

  • Microsoft PowerPoint (PPT and PPTX)

  • Microsoft Excel (XLS and XLSX)

  • HTML

  • Adobe PostScript (PS / EPS)

  • Plain text (TXT)

  • Rich Text Format (RTF)

  • OpenOffice Text (ODT)

  • WordPerfect (WPD)

  • Hangul Word Processor File (HWP)

File size

  • Submitted documents cannot exceed 40MB.

  • Text only files e.g. ‘document.txt’ cannot exceed 2 MB.

Watch out for:

  • Submitted file names and assignment submission titles must not contain special characters e.g. & , . ( ) % # ‘ “ / \ – { } [ ] < > : ; @.

  • Assignment submission titles i.e. the bit that you fill in on screen when you make a submission must be less than 168 characters.

  • Submitted files must contain at least 25 words and 100 characters and must be less than 800 pages in length.

Submit your assignment

1. In your module, click the Turnitin submission link. Your tutor can tell you where it is.

2. The Turnitin assignment opens. The current Status and the Due Date for the assignment are displayed. The Post Date is when your marks and feedback will be available if your tutor marks your assignment online. Click Submissions Inbox to see any previous submissions you've made, or click Submit to start a new submission (do this now).

3. If you have the option, choose the submission method File Upload. Type a Submission Title and click Choose File to locate the document you wish to upload. You must tick the box to accept the declaration Notice before submitting. Click Submit.

4. The submission is complete. You'll see a green bar near the top of the screen telling you that your submission was successful.

Resubmission

Some assignments allow you to overwrite your previous submissions until the due date. This option is set by your tutor on an assignment by assignment basis. If resubmission is not enabled, the tutor must manually delete your previous submission to allow you to submit a second file.

Note: Any second or subsequent submission will overwrite the original file submission in the assignment. Therefore, the original can't be retrieved!

Check your submission

1. Click the Submissions Inbox to see your submission. Click the assignment name to open it.

2. The Turnitin document viewer opens. You can view the originality report by clicking the Originality button at the top left of the screen, but bear in mind that this can take up to 48 hours to generate. If your tutor is marking and providing feedback online, you'll be able to view it by clicking the GradeMark button next to Originality. This won't be available immediately after submission - you'll need to wait until the post date.

3. You can download a digital receipt to prove you’ve submitted. The next guide in our list shows you how.

Receipt - download your submission receipt

Once you've submitted, you can download a receipt as proof. We advise all students to download a receipt in case tutors ask for proof of submission.

1. Enter the module where you submitted your assignment. Click on View Assignment next to the Turnitin icon and in the Submissions Inbox, click on the title of your paper to open it.

2. At the bottom left of the screen, click the printer icon.

3. Click Download PDF of digital receipt for printing.

4. The file downloads. If you’re using Google Chrome as your web browser, it will appear in a bar at the bottom of the screen. If you’re not using Chrome, your file might be automatically saved in your computer’s Downloads folder or a location you’ve previously chosen as a default, so try looking for it there.

View / print your receipt

1. Click on the downloaded file to open it. You’ll need some PDF reader software. If you’re on Campus, the software’s already installed. If you’re off Campus, download Adobe Acrobat Reader.

2. When the file opens, you can print the receipt. Click the File menu at the top of the page.

3. Select Print from the drop down menu.

4. A print settings box appears. Select a printer and any other options (pages, copies etc.)

5. Click OK. The file will print.

Originality and Academic Integrity

Introduction to Academic Integrity and unfair practice (with video)

The Academic Integrity pages explain the University's definition of unfair practice in both written and video format.

View / understand a Turnitin originality report (with video)

What is an originality report?

It’s a summary of matching or similar areas of text found in a submitted paper. It gives a detailed breakdown of text matches to academic journals, publications, websites and student papers at our University and other Universities.

Both you and your tutor can use an originality report to identify examples of incorrect referencing and citation in your work. If you’re unsure about the results of the report, please consult your tutor.

This guide shows you how to view your originality report and briefly explains it. You can either watch the video or read a written guide with screenshots.

How long does it take to get an originality report?

It may take up to 48 hours to return originality reports to students at peak submission times. If a report hasn’t been returned yet, it will display as Pending in the Submissions Inbox.

View / understand an originality report

1. Log in to MyBeckett with your username e.g. c1234567 and password.

2. Find the assignment you previously submitted to. (If you can’t find it, please ask your tutor where it is.)

3. Click View Assignment near the Turnitin icon, this opens the Submissions Inbox with a summary of your submission.

4. In the summary under the Similarity column, there may be one of 3 things:

a) A small dash and a percentage symbol (- %). This means the originality report hasn't been generated by Turnitin yet. Originality Reports can take up to 48 hours to generate, so please wait at least 48 hours before raising a query about not receiving your originality report.

b) An X% (X being a number between 1 and 100) and a coloured bar ranging from dark blue (low %) to dark red (high %) representing the % similarity.

c) A yellow triangle (like a caution sign) means that the tutor has chosen either not to get an originality report or chosen to hide it from students. If you see this and are concerned that you can't access an originality report, please consult your tutor.

5. To view your similarity report, click the X% or the coloured bar in the similarity column. This opens a new window showing your assignment in the Turnitin document viewer. It'll look a little like the image below (depending on the level of similarity you have received).

Coloured Highlights: Highlighted and numbered text on your paper corresponds to matches listed in the Match Overview bar (right of page). Click the highlighted text on the paper to view the matched text source content / source type e.g. student paper, website, news article etc.

Match Overview: This displays by default a list of matches which have similarity to information in the Turnitin database. Matches are colour coded and listed from highest to lowest percentage. Only the top or best matches are shown. All underlying matches are visible in the Match Breakdown (click the right arrow next to a match) and All Sources modes.

All Sources: Click the four bar graph button (top right) to view all sources. This view allows a user to view matches between the paper and a specific selected source in the Turnitin database. It contains a full list of all matches found rather than the best matches per area of similarity.

What if I have a high percentage similarity?

This doesn’t necessarily mean that you have plagiarised your work. If you have any concerns please consult your tutor.

Can't see any of the similarity highlights or matches?

Ensure that the Originality button is highlighted at the top left of the document viewer (as shown below). If it's not highlighted, click it.

I want to download or print the report to keep as a hard copy

In Originality view, there's a printer icon at the bottom left of the viewer. Click it and select Download PDF of current view for printing. This will prompt a PDF download. Open it and choose your print options from File -> Print.

Marks and feedback (GradeMark)

View marks and feedback in Turnitin GradeMark (with video)

If your tutor is marking / providing feedback in Turnitin, marks and feedback will be released on a pre-determined date (usually the assignment's Post Date). After that date you can view your mark and / or feedback your tutor has provided using GradeMark.

Watch our video or read a written step by step guide (below).

1. Log in to MyBeckett with your username and password, click the Modules tab and enter a module containing an assignment you want to view feedback for.

2. In the module navigation menu, click the content area that contains the assignment (usually called Assignments). Then click on View Assignment under the Turnitin submission icon.

3. The Submissions Inbox opens.

4. Your submission is listed next to your name. Click on the submission title to open it.

5. When the paper opens, click the GradeMark tab in the top left corner. It turns blue.

6. This reveals all feedback left by your tutor.

7. Tutors may leave all, some or none of the feedback types. These are explained below:

QuickComments are light blue boxes containing text. Hover over them to get more detailed feedback.

QuickComments may also appear as speech bubbles in blue boxes. Hover over them to view feedback.

Inline Comments appear as italic blue text on your submission (see image below).

Text Comments are located on the right of GradeMark and often provide a summary of the feedback and a comment on the submission as a whole.

Voice Comments appear above the text comments on the right of GradeMark. Click the play button to listen to the feedback. Make sure you've got headphones plugged in if you don’t want anyone overhearing your tutor's comments!

8. The navigation bar (bottom right) allows you to view comments by page as well as view any marking grids (rubrics) that were used to mark your work.

Download / print provisional marks and feedback (with video)

You can download and / or print your marks and feedback. Watch our video or read a written step by step guide (below).

 

1. Log in to MyBeckett and enter the module containing your assignment. In the Submissions Inbox, click the title of your paper.

2. Click the GradeMark button at the top left of the screen. It turns blue.

3. At the bottom left of the screen, click the printer icon.

4. Click Download PDF of current view for printing.

5. The file downloads. If you’re using Google Chrome as your web browser, it will appear in a bar at the bottom of the screen. If you’re not using Chrome, your file might be automatically saved in your computer’s Downloads folder or a location you’ve previously chosen as a default, so try looking for it there.

6. Open the PDF. Your feedback is located on the last few pages.

Print your marks and feedback

1. Click the downloaded file to open it. You’ll need some PDF reader software. If you’re on Campus, the software’s already installed. If you’re off Campus, download Adobe Acrobat Reader.

2. When the file opens, you can print it. Click the File menu at the top of the page.

3. Select Print from the drop down menu.

4. A print settings box appears. Select a printer and any other options (pages, copies etc.).

5. Click OK. The file will print.

Peer assessment (PeerMark)

Leave feedback on another student's assignment

Only a small number of tutors are using PeerMark, so please check with your tutor if this applies to you.

Important: You can't delete comments you leave on a Peer Review Assignment, but you can edit them.

Review a peer’s assignment

1. Log in to MyBeckett with your username and password, then go to your Modules tab and enter the module containing the peer review assignment.

2. In the module navigation menu (left of screen) click the content area containing the assignment (usually called Assignments). Click on View Assignment under the Turnitin submission icon.

3. In the Submissions Inbox, click the icon below Tools to open the PeerMark window.

4. To open up your peer’s assignment, click Write Reviews at the top left of the window and click Start a Review.

5. This will open your peer’s assignment.

6. To leave feedback comments on the paper, click Tools in the top bar menu.

7. The tools give you three ways to leave feedback on a peer’s paper. You can edit this feedback at any time by hovering over it and clicking Edit. Tools available are:

a) Inline Text allows you to leave comments on the paper itself. Click the down arrow on the TOOLS menu to select a colour.

b) Speech Comments create a speech bubble on the paper. Highlight a piece of text by holding the left mouse button down and dragging it across the text you want to highlight. Click the down arrow on the TOOLS menu to select a colour.

c) Composition Marks are a default set of marks which allow you to leave quick feedback such as Improper Citation, New Paragraph or Delete. The student whose paper you're marking can hover over them to find out what it means.

8. On the right of the screen is a list of QUESTIONS your tutor wants you to answer. There are question types: free response and scale.

a) Free Response questions are a text box in which you write an answer. They may have a minimum word count.

b) Scale questions are numbered 1-5. You have to select the option you think is most applicable e.g. very weak 1 2 3 4 5 very strong

9. There's also a COMMENTS tab. This tab holds all comments you've left on the paper. If you click a comment, your screen will scroll to that comment on the paper.

10. At the top left of the screen there's a progress bar showing how much of the review you've completed.

11. You can save your progress at any time by clicking Save in the top right corner. This allows you to continue your feedback at a later date.

12. When you're satisfied with the feedback you've left, click the Submit button.

13. You'll see a Submission Complete message. Click Return to Assignment Inbox to return to the Peermark Review window.

14. The assignment you just marked is now present, along with the progress complete and edit (green) button. You can edit your feedback until the due date has passed (your tutor sets the due date.)

Note: If the edit button is blue, you haven’t fully completed your review.

View feedback left by another student

This guide shows you how to view PeerMark feedback from other students. Only a small number of tutors are using PeerMark, so please check with your tutor if this applies to you.

Important: You can only view your feedback after the post date. If you don’t know when this is, please consult your tutor.

1. Log in to MyBeckett with your username and password, go to your Modules tab and enter the module containing the assignment.

2. In the module navigation menu (left of screen) click the content area containing the assignment (usually called Assignments). Click on View Assignment under the Turnitin submission icon.

3. In the Submissions Inbox, click the title of your assignment.

4. Click the PeerMark button at the top of the page. This opens the PeerMark Reviews bar.

5. The icons at the bottom of the Reviews bar do the following:

a) Overview button (looks like two people) opens a list of the students who've left feedback on your assignment. If the window says (null), this means your tutor set the marking to anonymous, so the person who left feedback isn’t named.

b) Questions and answers button contains the list of questions set by your tutor and the answers other students gave when completing your review.

c) Mark list button shows all the comments left by another student when they reviewed your assignment. Hover over the comments on the assignment page to view more info.

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