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Turnitin2 for Students: User Guides, Manuals & Tutorials File Types Accepted by Turnitin


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A step by step guide on how to use Turnitin2 & its features:the Originality & GradeMark Reports

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File Types Accepted by Turnitin

To submit a paper to Turnitin, your paper must meet the submission requirements. If an assignment is set to "Allow Any File Type," Turnitin will accept any file that is less than 20 MB AND less than 400 pages in length.

If the assignment is set to "Allow only file types that Turnitin can check for originality," only files that can generate Originality Reports will be allowed to be submitted to the assignment.

Turnitin will currently accept the following file types to generate Originality Reports: 

  1. Microsoft Word® (.doc / .docx)
  2. OpenOffice Text (.odt)
  3. WordPerfect®  (.wpd)
  4. PostScript (.ps/.eps)
  5. Adobe® PDF
  6. Microsoft Excel® (.xls and .xlsx) --( it will look as if the Excel file had been saved as a PDF).
  7. HTML 
  8. Rich text format (.rtf)
  9. Plain text (.txt)
  10. Hangul Word Processor file (.hwp)
  11. Microsoft PowerPoint® (.pptx, .ppt, .ppsx, and .pps) --( Turnitin converts the PowerPoint slide deck into a static PDF, leaving all text and images in their original format but leaving out features such as presenter notes, embedded video, and animations. Text with visual effects is not supported, and it is recommended that any visual effects such as shadows and 3-D be removed prior to submitting to Turnitin).

The paper being submitted must contain more than 20 words, must be under 20MB , must not exceed 400 pages in length, and must not contain spaces in between every letter (l i k e  t h i s).


Turnitin doesn't support:

  1. Microsoft® Works (.wps) file types.
  2. Apple Pages file types.
  3. OpenOffice Text (.odt) created and downloaded from Google Docs online
  4. Spreadsheets created outside of Microsoft Excel (i.e. .ods).
  5. PDF files of images.
  6. Microsoft Office 365 files created with Microsoft Online / Microsoft OneDrive
  7. Microsoft Word 2007 macros-enabled (.docm) files
  8. ".doc" files created using OpenOffice
  9. Password protected files.
  10. Odt files created and downloaded from Google Docs online

It's highly recommend that users pay attention to the image preview provided in the single file submission after clicking on "Upload" button to verify that the file is presented in an acceptable manner. 

If a file format issue is occurring, please re-open the file in a word processor, and save the file again using the "save as" function and choosing a different format from the file type pull down menu (try RTF or TXT as they are the most "safe").