Turnitin: Submit Scanned / Handwritten Work

Here are some tips and information you may need to know when submitting a scanned / photographed piece of work.

  • If you are using the university Printers: make sure you are scanning with the correct settings – the default PDF options should be good enough, but check the result in your email before you submit.
  • Ensure there is a strong contrast between the written text and paper
  • If you need to reduce the size of your file to below 40 MB to submit it to Turnitin do not reduce the quality of scanned images to below 220ppi
  • If you are using your smartphone’s camera to take the pictures: make sure that the text and/or graphics in the image are legible and clear

You may want to download an app like Microsoft Office Lens – it automatically converts pictures of documents into the right shape and size: Office Lens for iOS →

Office Lens for Android →

If you are submitting to a Turnitin Assignment you will need to add 20 words of selectable text, or your submission will not be accepted as Turnitin will be unable to process it and you may encounter a message saying:

We weren’t able to process your submission. Please try re-submitting your file. If you need further assistance, please contact TurnitinUK support

To be able to submit your assignment, add 20 words of selectable text to the document. Turnitin is then able to accept your submission.

The instructions below describe how to do this if you are submitting a Word and PDF file.

Word Document

If you’re submitting a Microsoft Word file with screenshots inserted, please add 20 words of selectable text. This can be any text – here is an example:


In order for this submission to correctly submit and render inside the Turnitin Feedback Studio, it needs 20 selectable words as part of the document.

Adobe PDF

If you’ve used the University printers to scan in your work to your email, you can use Adobe Reader to insert the required text.

For this to work, it must be done with Adobe Reader. If you do not have Adobe Reader, it can be downloaded for free from Adobe's website.

To do this please open the file and in the Tools menu on the right-hand side find the “Fill & Sign” tool. Select the tool then click anywhere inside the document and paste the same example text:


In order for this submission to correctly submit and render inside the Turnitin Feedback Studio, it needs 20 selectable words as part of the document.

Then make sure to save the PDF and submit this copy.

 

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