Turnitin Assignment


Turnitin assignments generate an originality report which check plagiarised against the Turnitin database for a submitted file. The originality report will give an overall percentage of how plagiarised the submitted document is then separate out where it find its sources. A Turnitin assignment could be used as formative assessment where one submission is final with only one Originality Report is generated or as a learning tool for the student. Using it as a learning tool allows students to check, amend their submission and repeat if necessary. Originality Reports are generated within a few minutes upon first submission however it could take up to 24 hours upon subsequent submissions.

The use of Turnitin is done through Blackboard at AUT. To add a Turnitin assignment in your course have a look at How to add a Turnitin Assignment.

Add a Turnitin Assignment


Students submit to Turnitin in your Blackboard course. Turnitin has provided a student guide on how to submit to Turnitin. All submissions through Turnitin produces a digital receipt. We encourage digital receipts to be saved by students for proof of submission. If a student cannot upload their assignment through Turnitin an instructor can upload papers on student’s behalf.

Submission can be access either in the Grade Centre or Turnitin Assignment Inbox.

Here are the instructions:

Submit Turnitin-via-ipad.docx

Viewing Similarity Report

Detailed information can be found at https://guides.turnitin.com/ManualsandGuides/InstructorGuides/FeedbackStudio/TheSimilarityReport

It’s important to remember that the similarity index is a percentage of the papers matches to other sources. It is not an assessment of whether the paper includes plagiarised material. The similarity report is a tool for instructors to easily find matches or similar text within submitted work.

Originality reports can be printed or save as a PDF. Have a look at How to print a Turnitin Assignment.

How to Print an Originality Report

Step 1

Go into the originality report. This can be done either in the Grade Centre or through the Turnitin Assignment Inbox.

Step 2

The video below is using Firefox browser

If you want to save the PDF instead select “Save File” rather than open.


Turnitin and Blackboard Grade Centre has provided various tools to support marking online. If you are interested in setting yourself up for online marking, please explore the various options first to make sure you have chosen the right tools to fit what you need. For details please refer to Online Marking.

Marking Turnitin assignments – offline – using an IOS device.

Turnitin allows you to mark assignments – offline – using either an iPad or iPhone.

Here are the instructions:

Marking Turnitin assignments via iPad 2018

You can also see the Turnitin guide, from the Turnitin website


Grade without rubric

You will be presented with the follow screen when accessing a Turnitin attempt in the Grade Centre


Assignment Information

  • Name
    • The name of the Turnitin Assignment.
  • Instructions
    • The instructions given for the Turnitin Assignment.
  • Clear Attempt
    • Click on the “Clear Attempt” button to clear the student’s attempt.

User’s Work

  • User’s Comments
    • This is the title of the submission.
  • User’s paper
    • Opens a Turnitin window to show the submission. This goes straight into the GradeMark area.
  • Originality Report
    • Opens the Originality Report for the submission.

Feedback to User

In the image above, the numbered area are represented in the My Grades for the student


  • Grade
    • A numeric value for the student.
  • Comments
    • Text comment for the student. Students view that at area 2 in the image above.
  • Attach local file
    • Files can be uploaded if text feedback does not meet the requirements. Students access file attachments in area 3 in the image above.
  • Currently Attached Files
    • Lists the files that are currently attached.

Instructor Notes

  • Notes
    • Text entered here do not appear for students and is visible to staff in the View Grade Detail page.
  • Attached local file
    • Files files can be uploaded but they will not be shown to students.
  • Currently Attached Files
    • Lists the files that are currently attached that are not visible to students

Grade using a rubric

To grade with a Blackboard rubric:

  1. Go to “View Grade Details” in the Grade Centre
  2. Click “Edit Grade”
  3. Click “View Rubric”
  4. The rubric pop up screen should open. Everything you can do in a Blackboard rubric (Grade Within Rubric Window) you can do here. If you want to give feedback to the student out of the rubric then we suggest following the grading without rubric section above.


GradeMark is a digital mark-up tool that allows lecturers to add in-document comments to student’s Turnitin submissions. Comments can be saved and used later. These saved comments are called QuickMark comments. A lecturer can access the GradeMark system from the Turnitin Assignment Inbox or from a Turnitin attempt in the Grade Centre.


There are four comment types when adding comments into a submission through GradeMark. GradeMark comment, QuickMark comment, Inline comment and General comment.

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GradeMark Comment

There are two ways create a GradeMark comment

  1. Clicking anywhere in the submission give this dialogue box
    Enter your comment and click save. Optionally, you can save this comment as a QuickMark comment. Once saved, the the dialogue box will shrink and it will appear as this icon on the submission grademark_comment.
  2. Highlighting text you want to comment on. Once highlighted click on the highlighted area and you should see this dialogue box
    Type in your comment here. You can also change the colour of the highlighted text. As with option 1, you are able to save the text into a QuickMark comment. Like in option 1, the once saved the dialogue box will shrink into the speech bubble icon.

To edit the comment, hover your mouse over the icon, this will bring back the dialogue box


Click on ‘Edit’ to change the text. For highlighted text you will be able to change the colour of the highlight.

To move the comment, click and drag on the blue bar to the comment’s new location. For highlighted text, a line will be drawn to indicate the comment is associated to that highlighted text.


To remove a comment, click on the trash icon in the dialogue box. Deleted comments can be recovered by clicking on the Undo button at the bottom of the document viewer.


When saving a GradeMark comment to a QuickMark comment you are given this dialogue


Title: Give the title of the comment
Set: This is which Quickmark set this comment will be saved to. It default to the active set you are using. Please read the QuickMark Comment section for more information.

QuickMark Comment

QuickMark comments are reusable comments stored in sets and is located on the right of the screen. This is called the active set.

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Since there could be more than one set you can switch between active sets by clicking on the icon to the left of the title of the active set.


For more information about sets please read the QuickMark Manager section.

To use a QuickMark comment

  1. Click and drag a comment from the QuickMark set on the right and drop the comment anywhere in the submission and it will be saved at that location. Like a GradeMark comment, the dialogue box will shrink but instead of being the speech bubble icon it will be the title of the QuickMark comment.
  2. Alternatively, you can highlight the text you want to comment on and then can click on a QuickMark comment from the QuickMark set on the right to associate the highlighted text to that comment.

Do note that you will not be able edit a QuickMark comment like a GradeMark comment. When the ‘Edit’ button is clicked for a QuickMark comment, you can only add additional text. To edit a QuickMark comment, you will need to go into QuickMark Manager.


Moving or deleting a QuickMark comment is the same as a GradeMark comment. Also, like a GradeMark comment, deleted comments can be recovered by clicking on the Undo button at the bottom of the document viewer.

Inline Comment

Inline comment allows text to be placed anywhere in the submission. Unlike comments, this text does not shrink into icon but appears as an overlay.

  • To add an inline commentclick on the ‘T’ button on the sidebar.
  • Click anywhere on the submission. The inline comment will show up as a light grey highlighted box. Type in the comment and hen finished, click elsewhere on the paper. The inline comment will appear as blue text directly on the submission.
  • To edit an inline comment, click directly on the inline comment’s text
  • To move an inline comment, hover the cursor over the comment until the grey border appears, click on the border, the cursor will transform into a hand, then drag the comment to a new location
  • To delete an inline comment, hover the cursor over the comment and then clicking on the trash icon that appears above

General comment

The general comment tool allows for a longer and less area-specific feedback to be provided to the submission’s author. A voice comment can also be used if required. To add a general text comment

  1. Click on the General Comments icon at the bottom of the GradeMark sidebar.
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  2. Click either on the pencil icon or within the text area to start typing a text comment. Once done click Save.

To add a voice comment

  1. GradeMark uses Adobe Flash to do voice comments. Your browser will need to have Flash installed and enabled before you can use this feature. If your browser cannot do voice comments you will not be able to click on the microphone icon.
  2. Click on the microphone icon under Voice Comment
  3. On Chrome a dialogue box might appear in the top left to allow this site to have microphone access.
    After clicking ‘Allow’, you will need to allow Flash to have access to your microphone.
    On Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari, once clicking on the microphone icon, only the Flash dialogue appears.
  4. When finished recording, click the blue box icon to stop.
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  5. At this point, you can listen to the recording by clicking the Play icon on the left. If satisfied, click the blue arrow icon to save, or the trash icon to discard and start over.
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To delete a general text or voice comment, click on the trash icon.

The general comment can be viewed online by the student by clicking on the General Comment icon at the bottom of the GradeMark sidebar.


Once you have finished commenting, the submission may now look like this


The list of all comments that have been added to a submission can be viewed by clicking the Comment list icon at the bottom of the GradeMark sidebar.


The list of comments can be used to navigate to the location of a comment on the paper by hovering the cursor over a mark in the comment list and then clicking on the show on paper link that appears.


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QuickMark Manager

QuickMark comments are stored in sets in QuickMark Manager. The GradeMark system automatically provides QuickMark sets consisting of commonly used editing marks and standard corrections. Lecturers can use these sets, create sets of their own, upload a set provided by another teacher, or draw from a combination of sets.

QuickMark Manager can be accessed by click on the spanner icon in the QuickMark sidebar


The QuickMark Manager is displayed below


The first column are all the sets that are available for use. Selecting a set will display comments that are saved in that set in the middle column. Selecting a comment will display details of that comment on the right column.

Creating QuickMark Sets

To create a new empty QuickMark set

  1. Click on the QuickMark Manager icon within the QuickMark sidebar.
  2. Click on the “+” icon to the right of the SETS column header.
  3. Enter the title for the new QuickMark set and then click Save.

Creating QuickMark Comments

  1. Click on the QuickMark Manager icon from the QuickMark sidebar.
  2. Click the name of the set to add a new QuickMark comment to.
  3. Click the “+” icon next to the MARKS column header.
  4. Enter the following information for the new mark which will appear in the third column:
  5. Once done click Save.

Editing QuickMark Comments

  1. Click on the QuickMark Manager icon within the QuickMark sidebar.
  2. Click on the name of the QuickMark set containing the comments to edit. Then click on the QuickMark comment you would like to edit.
    Note: If a lock icon appears next to a QuickMark comment then it cannot be edited. A lock icon indicates a QuickMark comment that is either shared by the account administrator or is provided by Turnitin.
  3. An Edit button will appear in the third column. Click the Edit button to edit the QuickMark
  4. Edit the information for the mark.
  5. Click Save to save the changes made to the mark in this QuickMark set.

Copying QuickMark comments into a new or existing Set

  1. Click on the QuickMark Manager icon within the QuickMark sidebar.
  2. Click the name of the QuickMark set containing the comment(s) to copy.
  3. Select the comment(s) to copy. Multi-select can be done by holding the command button (for Mac users) or control button (for PC users) while selecting comments. To select all the marks click on the Select all link.
  4. Click on the Actions button in the third column.
  5. To add to an existing set
    • Click ‘Add to set’
    • Select the set from the list that you would like to add the comments to.
  6. To add to a new set
    • Click ‘New set’
    • Enter a name for the new set and then click on the Save button. The new set will be created with the marks that were selected

Removing a QuickMark from a Set

A QuickMark cannot be completely deleted from the system but may be removed from all sets and archived.

To remove marks from a QuickMark set

  1. Click on the QuickMark Manager icon within the QuickMark sidebar.
  2. Click on the name of a QuickMark set.
  3. Select the comments to remove.
  4. Click on the Actions link to the right of the Marks column header and click on the Other button
  5. Click on the Remove from this set option.
  6. Alternatively the comments can be archived. Do note that archiving a QuickMark comment will remove it from all QuickMark sets in the QuickMark Manager.

Lecturers may only add, delete, copy, or edit QuickMark sets and comments that they own or imported. QuickMark sets with a lock icon to the right of the set name cannot be modified and are provided by Turnitin.

Exporting and Importing QuickMark Sets

Within the QuickMark Manager lecturers can export QuickMark sets to share with other lecturers or import QuickMark sets to use when grading papers with GradeMark. Unlike sharing, once a QuickMark set has been imported into an account it is then owned by that lecturer who may then make any desired changes to the QuickMark comments. This means that if you were to edit a comment that comment will not change from the set of the lecturer you imported from.

To export QuickMark sets

  1. Click on the QuickMark Manager icon within the QuickMark sidebar.
  2. Click on the name of a QuickMark set to export.
  3. Click on the Import/Export button and select Export Set … from the drop down menu.
  4. A prompt will appear asking if you would like to save the file, click OK to save the file. The file name will be the QuickMark set name with .qms appended.

To import QuickMark sets

    1. Click on the QuickMark Manager icon within the QuickMark sidebar.
    2. Click on the Import/Export button and select Import Set… from the drop down menu.
    3. Click on the Browse button and locate the QuickMark set file on your computer. Only .qms file types may be imported into the QuickMark manager.
    4. Click on the Import button.
    5. To import additional QuickMark sets repeat steps 3-4.
    6. Click the Close button to return to the QuickMark Manager.

Here are the instructions:


QuickMarks Additional Functions

Navigation Between Papers

A lecturer grading several papers may need to move to the next or previous paper without returning to the inbox and re-launching the GradeMark interface.

The previous paper and next paper arrows at the top of each paper in the document viewer allow the lecturer to continue grading without returning to the assignment inbox. Each time the lecturer moves between papers, any changes that have been made to the papers are saved automatically. A lecturer may select a specific student from the Paper # of # drop down menu.


Entering a Grade

A numeric grade may be manually entered for a paper by clicking in the Grade box at the top right of the paper, which opens a text box to enter the grade into. The Grade field automatically displays a “–” for the grade until a grade is entered. Grades entered in this field will be saved to the Grade Centre


Note: If a GradeMark rubric has been attached to the assignment, a grade will be automatically entered in the grade field if the rubric percentage is applied to the assignments total point value.


The GradeMark interface is not designed to be printed. To download and print a paper with a full comment list and any GradeMark rubric information, click on the Print and Download icon at the bottom left of the GradeMark window.


A printable PDF version of the paper will be saved to your computer. Use the print menu from within your computer’s default PDF viewing application to print the GradeMark paper.

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