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. To access the assignment, login to myRMIT and select the relevant course.
  2. In the Assignments area, click on the Assessment name for the assignment.
  3. Read and take note of the e-Submission Declaration statement.
  4. On the Assessment page, click the Upload Submission button.
  5. Enter a Submission title.
  6. Click Select file to upload button.
  7. Choose the file to upload and then click Continue.
  8. Review your submission and click .
  9. Check that the file and its details are correct and click Accept Submission and Save or click Cancel to go back and select another file.
  10. 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

Re-submitting a Turnitin assignment

Note: If permitted, when you re-submit your paper, you will receive a new originality report. You can do this as many times as you like up to the due date for the assignment, however there will be a delay of at least 24 hours after resubmission for you to receive a new originality score.

  1. Click on View/Complete for the assignment.
  2. On the Assignment Inbox page, click the Resubmit button.
  3. A message will appear indicating you have already submitted a paper. If you choose to continue, the original submission will be replaced. The message also indicates the earliest time at which you will receive the new originality report.
  4. Click OK.

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.