Turnitin promotes academic integrity by checking that your assignments are your own work and that you have acknowledged the work and ideas used from other sources.

An originality report is generated by scanning your work and comparing the text against sources in its database. The report shows where matches have been found with an overall percentage of how much of the text is original. Your submitted assignment is also added to the database to reduce plagiarism.

Assessment declaration

When you upload an assessment task through Turnitin, you accept and agree with RMIT’s assessment declaration.

Submission requirements

Turnitin will accept the following file types for originality (plagiarism) checking:

  • Microsoft Word (.doc / .docx)
  • OpenOffice (.odt)
  • Google Docs via Google Drive
  • WordPerfect (.wpd)
  • PostScript (.ps/.eps)
  • Adobe PDF (.pdf)
  • HTML
  • Rich text format (.rtf)
  • Plain text (.txt)
  • Hangul Word Processor file (.hwp)

Files can be submitted directly from the local computer or via non-RMIT Google Drive or Dropbox accounts. You will need to log into these services to authorise the submission.

The assignment being submitted must contain more than 20 words, must be under 40 MB (or approximately two million characters), must not exceed 400 pages in length, and must not contain spaces in between every letter.

User guides

Submitting an assignment

  1. Navigate to Canvas via the RMIT Students homepage and select the Canvas (LMS) tab. 
  2. Log in with your student username and password. 
  3. Select the course you want from your Canvas Dashboard
  4. Navigate to Assignments from the course navigation menu on the left of your screen. 
  5. Click the relevant assignment. 
  6. Click Submit assignment on the top right of the screen. 
  7. Click Choose file. 
  8. Find the file you wish to upload from the pop-up box that appears and double click or click Open to select the file. 
  9. If you have multiple files to upload, then click on + Add another file
  10. If you have any comments relevant to the assignment, then enter them in the Comments box. 
  11. Check that the file and its details and everything you have entered is correct. 
  12. Check the submission pledge box to acknowledge that the submission you’ve just uploaded is your own, original work. 
  13. Click Submit assignment
  14. A Turnitin digital receipt confirming your submission will be sent to your RMIT email address. You can also print a copy of your digital receipt. The digital receipt contains the filename, assignment title, author, date and time the assignment was submitted. 

Re-submitting a Turnitin assignment

Please note: Normally, you can submit your assignment an unlimited number of times up to the due date (there will be a 24-hour delay if you resubmit more than three times). However, your instructor may choose to limit the number of times you can submit an assignment. Limiting the number of submissions applies to all students assigned to the assignment.

  1. Navigate to Canvas via the RMIT Students homepage and select the Canvas (LMS) tab. 
  2. Log in with your student username and password. 
  3. Select the course you want from your Canvas Dashboard
  4. Navigate to Assignments from the course navigation menu on the left of your screen. 
  5. Click the relevant assignment. 
  6. Click Re-submit assignment on the top right of the screen. 
  7. Click Choose file
  8. Find the file you wish to upload from the pop-up box that appears and double click or click Open to select the file. 
  9. If you have multiple files to upload, then click on + Add another file
  10. If you have any comments relevant to the assignment, then enter them in the comment box. 
  11. Check that the file and its details and everything you have entered is correct. 
  12. Check the submission pledge box to acknowledge that the submission you’ve just uploaded is your own, original work. 
  13. Click Submit assignment
  14. Resubmitting your assignment will replace the original submission with the new file. You will receive a new Turnitin digital receipt, which will be sent to your RMIT email address. 

Viewing your submission and similarity score in Feedback Studio

After you submit an assignment the Similarity score can be accessed from the View/Complete link for the assignment. To view your submission click on View button on the Assignment Inbox page. Your Turnitin Paper will open in Feedback Studio in a new window.

Feedback Studio is a new version of the Turnitin submission and marking tool that offers the same functionality in a simplified, more intuitive user interface. Feedback Studio allows you to view your submission and similarity score as well as receive feedback all in one place.

Help and support

If you require assistance using Turnitin, please contact the Service and Support Centre.

To learn more about how Turnitin is integrated within Canvas, check out the information page on Canvas Community.

Academic integrity

Know how to reference sources and correctly prepare assessments.