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How do I set up a draft submission in Turnitin?

Are you setting up a dropbox for official submissions? See: How do I set up a a final submission in Turnitin?

Draft submissions allow your students to check the originality of their work before a final submission. Draft submission dropboxes can be set up as any other submission dropbox in Turnitin, but without storing the student paper in the Turnitin database.

Add draft submissions to Moodle

To set up a draft submissions dropbox:

  1. Go to your Moodle course and turn editing on.
  2. In the section where you will add a draft submission dropbox, click Add an activity or resource (at bottom-right of section).
  3. From the activity chooser select Turnitin assignment 2 (towards the bottom of the list) and click Add.
  4. Configure the settings as outlined below.
  5. Click Save and return to course (bottom of the screen).

Configure assignment settings

When configuring a Turnitin assignment for draft submissions, make sure the following settings have been configured:


Turnitin assignment name:

Give a title to your assignment which will appears as a link in the homepage of your course.


Summary is an optional field, but it’s good practice to include useful information for your students, e.g. the deadline of the draft submissions, requirements for file names of the submissions etc.

Assignment Part 1

Start date:

When your students will be able to start submitting their drafts.

Due date:

The deadline for draft submissions.

Originality report options

Allow submissions after the due date:

Choose Yes or No, depending on how you wish to control student submissions:

Choosing Yes allows students to submit after the ‘Due date’ (as set above), assuming that the student has not submitted to the assignment already.

Choosing No prevents students from submitting anything to this assignment after the ‘Due date’

Store student papers:

Choose No repository.

That’s it, you don’t need to change any other settings.

Further information

The other settings in a Turnitin assignment do not need to be changed; the default settings have been carefully selected to promote consistency and to minimise the effort required to add a Turnitin assignment. The following explains the choices for some of the default settings:

Report generation speed:

Default: Generate reports immediately (students cannot resubmit)

Students should be permitted to submit only once to a Turnitin assignment (this reflects the agreed change to the Turnitin policy introduced for Semester 1 2022-2023).

Exclude bibliography:

Default: No

Bibliography is included so that markers can check references – matches to references are expected and not problematic.

Exclude Small Matches:

Default: <blank>

It is recommended not to exclude small matches as they can highlight good practice with academic phrases or could indicate other use of sources including attempts at paraphrasing problems.

Note: Turnitin assignments should always be created separately for each run of a module, so never roll over Turnitin assignments from a previous module. Similarly, do not duplicate\copy assignments.

Updated on November 6, 2023

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