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Word count and file size

Do consult your module guidelines on how to calculate word count, since different software tends to yield slightly different word counts for the same text.

Note the maximum upload per file is fixed at 40Mb.

Step 1 - find where to submit to Turnitin 

Turnitin Assignments are usually located in the Moodle space for that module, and display with a distinctive icon. Here are two routes to reach them.

Your Moodle home page displays a stack of spaces you're associated with, and any Turnitins display as notices in each. Click on a notice to expand details.

You can also go directly to the Moodle space where you expect to find the Assignment. Follow the link to the Turnitin Assignment you need. 

Step 2 - note any instructions

The first section of the My Submissions page displays the details for that Assignment. Note:

  1. Title: have you reached the right Assignment?
  2. Summary: are there any instructions?
  3. Key dates (the Post Date is the date you can expect marks and feedback to be released).
  4. If this icon displays, click it early on - you can see the assessment criteria by which you work will be marked.
  5. To upload, click 'Submit Paper'.

Step 3 - accept the Turnitin user agreement

If this is your first time with Turnitin you will be prompted to accept the Turnitin User Agreement.

To allow Turnitin to run properly, and to be able to see the User Agreement properly, you will need to allow pop-ups for 'moodle.ucl.ac.uk'    Please see the instructions on disabling pop-up blockers

Step 4 - make your submission

Occasionally you will be asked to enter text directly into Turnitin - but more often you will be asked to upload files.

  1. To upload a file first enter a submission title.
  2. Then, in the File To Submit field, either drag-and-drop your file or click on the left-hand-side 'Add file' icon to attach a file; the file should display in the 'Files To Submit' field.
  3. Check the box to confirm your submission is your own work (if the box is present).
  4. When the file is attached click 'Add Submission'; there will then be a few moments' wait while Turnitin synchronises data and uploads your work to its servers.


Step 4 - check your submission


You will receive an online receipt and an email receipt.

If you're submitting a file created on a Mac or online version of Microsoft Word e.g. Office365, then very occasionally there is a truncation - please click on your submission to view it, and check the number of pages is as expected. Or you may find it easier to save your work in PDF format, and upload that.


After clicking Add Submission, you are presented with a digital receipt.

  1. Check your work is successfully uploaded - don't worry about formatting, since the receipt doesn't display it.
  2. To close the receipt click the Close link.

Once your submission has been accepted you will return to the 'My Submissions' tab where you will be able to see the details of your submission. You can view these at any time.

Step 5 - check you have quoted, paraphrased and referenced properly

Sometimes your Turnitin Assignments will be set to show you an Originality Report for your work. This may take a few minutes to generate - if no Similarity score is showing after a while, press the 'Refresh Submissions' link.
If you want to, you can obtain a confidential Originality Report on your draft work by submitting it to the Turnitin assignment at UCL's Plagiarism and Academic Writing Moodle space.

Interpreting a Turnitin Originality Report


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