Add inline comments on a Turnitin submission

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There are three main ways to provide in-line feedback in a Turnitin submission:

  • add a comment
  • put a line through selected text
  • add a QuickMark

QuickMarks

Quickmarks is the easiest way to annotate a student’s paper with your most frequently used comments. You can use the pre-defined sets of QuickMarks created by Turnitin and you can also create your own custom ones. The sets are groupings based on a topic such as composition, punctuation, or academic integrity. 

QuickMarks are buttons that you can drag and drop to a specific point on a student’s submission. The button itself is a one or two-word description that when opened has more text to explain the comment or provide advice for improvement. 

Adding QuickMarks to a paper

There are two main ways to add QuickMarks to papers. The first way described is best for when you’re first familiarising yourself with the available options, as there is a larger area to see the text associated with the QuickMark. The second way is a bit faster, especially when you know what QuickMark you want to use. 

First method

  1. In the blue box on the right-hand side of the essay, click the blue tick mark button.
  2. Use the drop-down menu at the top of the sidebar to navigate between the pre-existing sets of QuickMarks.
  3. Click on QuickMark to view the text that is associated with that QuickMark. 
  4. Once you’ve found the QuickMark you want to use, simply drag and drop it to where you want it to appear on the submission.
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Second method

  1. Click the area on the submission where you would like your QuickMark to appear. This will open a small menu with three buttons – a tick mark, a speech bubble, and the letter T. 
  2. Click the black tick mark button. This will open a QuickMark menu on the submission.
  3. Use the drop-down menu to navigate between the QuickMark sets to find the mark you want to use. 

To add any additional text to a QuickMark that’s been added to a student’s paper, simply click on the QuickMark and scroll to the bottom of the provided text. There will be a small text box here to add your own custom comments. 

To remove a QuickMark that’s been added to a student’s paper, simply click the QuickMark and click on the trashcan icon that’s in the bottom left-hand side of the box. 

Creating custom QuickMarks

Although there is a wide variety of QuickMarks provided by Turnitin, you may want to make a few of your own. 

  1. Click the area on the submission where you would like your QuickMark to appear. This will open a small menu with three buttons – a tick mark, a speech bubble, and the letter T.
  2. Click the speech bubble. This will open a small textbox area.
  3. Write the text explanation for your QuickMark.
  4. Click on the link on the bottom right of the box – Convert to QuickMark.
  5. Choose what to name your QuickMark using something clear and concise (remember, you’re aiming for a clear acronym or up to two words).
  6. Select what set you want to add this QuickMark to. It will only appear in that set for you; it won’t populate in anyone else’s set of QuickMarks.

Adding text comments

To add a text comment on the submission itself, simply click on where you want the comment to be. You then have two choices – you can either add a text comment that will appear as a bubble icon for the student to click on to reveal your comment, or you can add it as text that appears directly on the submission.

Comment bubble

To add the comment bubble, click the area on the submission where you would like the bubble to appear. This will open a small menu with three buttons – a tick mark, a speech bubble, and the letter T. Click on the speech bubble, and fill out the text box that will appear. Click outside of the text box when you’re done to save the comment. 

If you want to tie this comment to a highlighted bit of text, select the text you want to be associated with the comment. This will open a small menu with three buttons – a tick mark, a speech bubble, and the letter S that has a strike through the middle of it. Click on the speech bubble, and fill out the text box that will appear. You’ll notice that this text box has a colour box in the top right corner – click on this to choose what colour to highlight the selected text. Click outside of the text box when you’re done to save the comment.

 

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Text 

To add text, click the area on the submission where you would like your text to appear. This will open a small menu with three buttons – a tick mark, a speech bubble, and the letter T. Click on the letter T and type out your comment. Remember to be careful where you start the comment as you don’t want it to appear over the student’s text.

Striking through text

To strike through the student’s text, select the chosen bit of text. This will open a small menu with three buttons – a tick mark, a speech bubble, and the letter S that has a strike through the middle of it. Click on the S. 

Updated on 05/08/2021

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