Submit to a Turnitin Assignment

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Turnitin is available via the Portal as of Fall 2016.

Important note about student email addresses: Submission of a Turnitin Assignment will not be possible if the email address on record is not a University of Toronto issued email address, as required by the University of Toronto policy (PDF) concerning email addresses. Please check and update your email address before attempting to submit a Turnitin Assignment.


To Submit to a Turnitin Assignment

Note: Turnitin is used to check for textual similarity, and not for the grading of assignments.
It is possible your instructor will ask you to also submit the same assignment via a regular Blackboard assignment submission. If so, please see the page on Submitting Blackboard Assignments for more information.

Video: Submit to a Turnitin Assignment in Portal


  1. Select the appropriate menu item from the Course Menu. Please ask your Instructor if unsure which menu item contains the Turnitin assignment.
  1. Click on the name of the assignment.
  1. You will be redirected to the Assignment Dashboard. Click on the name of the assignment once again to display the assignment instructions.
    screen capture of part of the assignment submission dashboard generated by the Turnitin Blackboard submission integration
  2. Then click on the upload button. Screen capture of the upload icon generated by Turnitin Blackboard submission integration
    Choose the Submission type.  Your instructor may have specified which they prefer.
  1. Enter the Submission title. Click on Select a file to upload to locate and select your file, or Copy & paste your submission into the appropriate text box.
    We recommend you include your first and last name in the name of the file you are submitting.


Turnitin student submissions dialog box: submit file/upload


Click Continue. There will be a short delay before the preview of your file appears.


  1. Click Accept Submission & Save.

Turnitin student submission: accept submissions screen

  1. You will see a "Submission Complete" notice if your submission was successful. Do not leave the submission process until you have received this notice.

Turnitin student submission: submission complete confirmation

  8. Your submission will be displayed in the Assignment Dashboard.

If student viewing of Originality Reports has been turned on, you will usually be able to access the Originality Report after 5-10 minutes, when it has completed processing. Originality Report is usually available within 5-10 minutes from the time you submit your assessment.

  9. Confirm that Turnitin received your paper by clicking on the Digital Receipt icon, and download a copy of your digital receipt.Screen capture of the assignment dashboard after file upload that is part of the Turnitin assignment submission process in Blackboard

Also take note of the Submission ID number when it comes up on screen after the paper is accepted.
If you do not see the Submission ID Number, then the paper was not accepted and you will need to go through the process again.

  10. If re-submissions are enabled, you may resubmit your assignment by clicking on the upload button and returning to Step 3. Originality Reports for the second or subsequent submissions will take up to 24 hours to generate.


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