Turnitin Student Quickstart
This quickstart will help you get started with Turnitin and will walk you through the
steps for submitting your first paper. To begin, you need to first register with Turnitin
and create a user profile.
To register and create a user profile, go to www.turnitin.com and click on the New User
link to the left of the Sign In button on the homepage
The new user page will open; follow the directions on this page to help you create your
user profile. To create a profile, you must have a class ID and an enrolment password.
The Library’s changed how you access Turnitin. It’s your tool, not your instructor’s. S/he
will neither see your submission nor your originality report. It is up to you to use the
Turnitin tool to (double-check) for academic honesty.
So contact your instructor or the Library for your class I.D. and password. If you contact
the Library, we’ll need to know which school you’re in as we’ve set up unique accounts
for each school.
Your class will show up on your homepage. Click on the name of your class to open your
Your class portfolio shows the assignments your Library has created and your
submissions to the class.
To submit a paper, click the submit button next to the paper’s assignment
The paper submission page will open. Enter a title for your paper. To select a paper for
submission, click the browse button and locate the paper on your computer. Turnitin
accepts submissions in these formats:
• MS Word, WordPerfect, RTF, PDF, PostScript, HTML, and plain text (.txt)
After entering a title for your paper and selecting a file, click upload to upload your
paper. Turnitin will show you a preview and ask you to confirm.
If your paper is in a format that Turnitin does not accept, you can submit it by cut and
paste. To submit a paper this way, select cut & paste using the pull down at the top of the
The paper you chose to submit will be shown on the next page. Look over all the
information and make sure that it is correct. To confirm the submission,
After you confirm your submission, a digital receipt will be shown. This receipt will be e-
mailed to you immediately.
Wait. Turnitin is busy comparing your paper with other papers in its repository, against
paper mills, internet sites, and databases. Usually it only takes 5 minutes, but in times of
heavy traffic, your originality report could take up to 24 hours. As usual, not leaving
things to the last minute will serve you well!
View your originality report to see if you’ve forgotten to cite or cited improperly. If you
need help interpreting your originality report, Turnitin and the Library can help! View
the 5 minute video.