How to add a Turnitin assignment

Quick Guide to Setting up a Turnitin Assignment on Blackboard

This article explains how to add a Turnitin assignment on Blackboard. The Turnitin integration on Blackboard allows students to submit an assignment from within their Blackboard course directly to Turnitin Feedback Studio. Turnitin generates a ‘Similarity Report’ which identifies unoriginal submitted material. It also provides a number of tools for giving feedback on student work.

Video Walkthrough

This video gives a an overview of how to add a Turntin assignment to your Blackboard course, and how to grade submissions. The instructions below clarify this in more detail.

There are four stages to this process:

Stage 1: The instructor sets up a Turnitin Assignment in a Blackboard content area. This action automatically created a Grade Center column for the assignment.

Stage 2: The student uploads their work from within Blackbaord via the Turnitin Assignment link - the assignment is submitted to to create a Similarity Reportl

Stage 3: The instructor reviews students submissions by accessing the inbox for that assignment through the same Turnitin assingment link. An instructor can view Similarity Reports and access the Turntin Feedback Studio. Any marks entered through Feedback Studio are automatically written back to the Blackboard Grade Center.

Stage 4: The student accesses similarity reports (if permitted) and feedback on their assignment via the same Turnitin assignment link.

Stage 1: The instructor creates the Turnitin assignment

1. Go to the content area where you would like the assignment link to appear, e.g. "Assessment".

2. Ensure Edit Mode is on.

3. Under ‘Build Content’ select Turnitin Assignment.

The first time you do this, you’ll be asked to accept a user agreement.

4.   You will now be brought to a page called Create Turnitin LTI Assignment, which looks like a Blackboard content creation page.

During this step, a cookie will be set on your web browser to allow Turnitin  to authorise your access during use of the site. Please ensure that the  web browser you are using will allow the cookie to be set by their  site,

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5.   Enter the name of the assignment and a description.

Tip: Make these meaningful for your students, so that they know exactly where to submit the right assignment.


6.   You can attach one or more documents, as necessary.

7.   Specify the Points Possible, or 0 (zero) if the work is not being graded, and a due date.

Tip: For easiest calculation, make the Points Possible whatever you normally mark out of – usually 100. It can be scaled later to include in overall module calculations.

8.   For course management, you can select when the assignment link will be visible to students. This does NOT reflect the due date. Remember that students will have to use the link, even after the due date has passed, to access feedback.

9.  You can also choose to specify additional settings by expanding the Optional Settings section prior to completing creation of your assignment.

10.  You can specify a variety of settings, including but not limited to allowing late submission, enabling anonymous marking, and excluding bibliographic materials from the similarity report.

11. Click Submit, at the bottom right of the page, to complete the setup. The Turnitin Assignment link now appears in your course.

Adding a Rubric

Please note, if you want to attach a rubric to your Turnitin assignment, the option to do so is not provided in the settings when first adding a Turnitin assignment.

To add a rubric, click on the Turnitin assignment you have just added.

In the top corner of the Assignment inbox, choose Settings.

Click on Optional Settings, to display the Attach a Rubric option.

Turnitin Settings


You are advised to consider the particular settings of your Turnitin Assignment to ensure it best matches the needs of your students and your assessment strategy.


Detail relating to the some of the additional setting options is available here:

Option Actions
Submit papers to (drop down menu)
By default, papers are submitted to the
Turnitin repository for future matching.
This is recommended for most assignments
and particularly where collusion may be an issue.
You can change this, by clicking on the text box, to “Do not store the submitted papers”. This option is recommended for research student papers.
Allow submissions of any file type If you tick this box, students can submit
files of any type, including those that cannot be checked for similarity. If originality is important for this assessment, DO NOT TICK THE BOX.
Allow late submissions If you tick this box, students will still be
able to submit after the due date, but you will know which submissions were late. Recommended if you teach large groups of students.
Attach a rubric Allows you to attach a rubric (used for
marking and feedback) you created previously, or to create a new rubric.
Compare against It is recommended that you ensure all three boxes are ticked – which maximizes the potential sources checked for unoriginal work.

Generate reports immediately (students cannot resubmit)
The first option means that similarity reports are generated and made available to you as soon as a paper is submitted. Students cannot resubmit. Click on the text box to change the option.
Generate reports immediately (students can
resubmit until due date)
The second option means that similarity reports are generated and made available to you as soon as a paper is submitted. Students can resubmit a paper, before the due date, and the similarity report is re- generated. However, if a student resubmits twice, then similarity reports will take 24 hours to re-generate.
Generate reports on due date (students can resubmit until due date) The third option means that students can submit and resubmit as often as they like, but no similarity reports are available until the due date has passed.
Allow students to view similarity reports
If you tick this box, students will be able to view their own similarity report, whenever it is generated, by clicking on the assignment submission link again.
Tip: This can be a very powerful tool for
students to evaluate their own writing, but students should understand how to interpret similarity reports. For advice on whether to use this option or not contact

New to Optional Settings is the "Enable anonymous marking" setting. By selecting this option, your students' names will not be visible to instructors during marking.

Stage 2: The student submits their work

1.   The student accesses the Blackboard course and the content area where the Turnitin Assignment link was created (e.g. Assessment). There may be a slight delay as the link to the Turnitin Service is established and the student is brought to the Assignment Dashboard.



2.   The student can see information about the Assignment (e.g. instructions, dates and max points, etc.) by clicking on the assignment title.



3.   A summary of the assignment settings is also available.


4.   To submit a paper, the student clicks on the blue Upload Submission button. They can upload a paper by browsing to find it, enter text or upload from a cloud service (e.g. DropBox or OneDrive).



5.   Click Upload and Review to see a preview of the submission before confirming.

6.   Once a submission has been made, the student can return to the Assignment Dashboard to resubmit (if permitted) or view a similarity report (if permitted). They can also download a submission receipt from this area.