Answered By: Jack Gilbert
Last Updated: 03 Dec 2018

Please ensure you read the file type / size requirements before submitting a Turnitin assignment. If you don’t comply with these requirements, you won’t be able to submit.  Can't submit? Check our Turnitin error message FAQ

Please use Google Chrome web browser when submitting assignments.

We recommend that you save your Word document as a .PDF file before submitting it to Turnitin. (To save a Microsoft Word file as a PDF, choose File -> Save As and select PDF from the Save as type drop down option. Then click Save.)  Word documents do also normally work well with Turnitin.

PLEASE DON'T scan a document to a PDF file and try to submit it. Scanned PDFs can't be submitted as Turnitin identifies them as images.

  • All submissions to Turnitin must contain at least 20 words that are not part of an image.

Turnitin accepts the following file types for upload into an assignment:

  • Adobe (.PDF)
  • Microsoft Word (.doc and .docx)
  • Microsoft PowerPoint (.ppt, .pptx, .ppsx, .pps) please read this FAQ if you are submitting a powerpoint file
  • Microsoft Excel (.xls and .xlsx)
  • HTML Adobe PostScript (.ps)
  • Plain text (.txt) (do not exceed 2MB)
  • Rich Text Format (.rtf)
  • OpenOffice Text (.odt)
  • WordPerfect (.wpd)
  • Hangul Word Processor File (.hwp)

Apple Pages is not an acceptable file type for Turnitin submissions. Please save your Pages document as a PDF or Word document.

File size

  • Submitted documents cannot exceed 40MB. Over 40MB and submitting in MS Word? see this FAQ
  • Assignment submission titles, i.e. the bit that you fill in on screen when you make a submission, must be between 4 and 200 characters.
  • Submitted files must contain at least 20 words and must be less than 400 pages in length. Files that are more than 400 pages will upload but will not generate an originality report.