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Learning Technology Team

Using Turnitin for Submissions

Information for Students

turnitin logoWhat is Turnitin?

Turnitin Feedback Studio (known as Turnitin) is an online service provided by the University through NILE. It is used for online submission of assignments, to check submissions for Originality, and for Tutors to provide feedback.  If you are asked to submit your assignment through Turnitin - you will find it in the 'Submit your Work' section of your module in NILE.  This guide explains how to submit an assignment using Turnitin.

Which browser should I use?

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  • Internet Explorer, Safari, Microsoft Edge, Opera

Which file type can I submit?

You will need to submit your assignment through Turnitin as a SINGLE file.  These formats can be submitted: Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, WordPerfect, PostScript, PDF, HTML, Rich text format (rtf), OpenOffice (odt), Hangul (hwp), Google Docs, and plain text.‚Äč

We recommend that you submit your document in PDF format, or Microsoft Word.

You are advised to test the submission of any PDF file well before the assignment due date, as not all PDF file formats can be accepted by Turnitin, for example if the pages have been scanned as an image, rather than as text.

NOTE: If you have used tracked changes in Microsoft Word, please ensure that you remove any markup by accepting all changes, removing comments, and turning Track Changes off before submitting. You may wish to make a final copy before doing this. Please see this guidance for more information - Turn off track changes in Microsoft Word.

Which file types can I not submit?

  • Password protected files
  • Microsoft® Works (.wps) files
  • Microsoft Word 2007 macros-enabled .docm files
  • OpenOffice Text (.odt) files created and downloaded from Google Docs online
  • Document (.doc) files created using OpenOffice, as they are not 100% Microsoft Word equivalent
  • Apple Pages
  • Spreadsheets created outside of Microsoft Excel (e.g. open document spreadsheet .ods)
  • Files or text with visual effects
  • Zip files

What is the file size limit?

The file size for a Turnitin submission may not exceed 100MB or 800 pages, and the document must contain at least 20 words. An assignment must be submitted as a single file.  If your file size exceeds the limit:

  • For WORD or PowerPoint: click any image, and from the picture toolbar click Compress picture, untick 'Apply only to this picture', use default resolution, click OK, and then Save.
  • 'Save As' PDF.

What else do I need to check?

Internet connection:

Before submitting your assignment, check that you are using a reliable internet connection. 

Status Updates:

Check the front of NILE to check that Turnitin is operating normally, or check the live status updates:

Check Service messages and status updates on the front of NILE


It’s a good idea to submit a ‘draft’ version well before your deadline, to make sure that you have no technical issues. Please check with your tutor, as some Turnitin submission points are set for one submission attempt only, And don't leave things until the last minute! Technical support is only available until 5pm, Monday-Friday, so you are strongly advised to submit your final version at least one working day before the deadline.

Should you require urgent assistance with NILE, please contact the LearnTech Support Helpdesk via the online contact form