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Sibelius and Turnitin



Turnitin (TII) has some issues accepting non-text PDF files.  These issues can be circumvented by adding enough text into the document to keep Turnitin happy.  TII requires a minimum of 25 words in any document. Dynamics and tempo markings do not appear to count as words, unfortunately. The easiest way to take care of that is to create a cover page. You can either do that in Sibelius or in a separate program. If you do the latter, you'll need to combine the Sib PDF file and the one for the title page. That is described in the bottom video. 

In this video, I will describe how to insert a title page into Sibelius so that Turnitin will accept your score submissions.

You should have Sibelius open so that you can follow each step. 

In Sibelius, go to Layout > Document Setup >Title Page and then fill in the boxes appropriately.


To add more text, go to Text > Styles > Style Gallery  and scroll down to the Title and blank page category.

Select the style of text that you want. I like "Plain Text".

You will see that your cursor turned Blue.

Click on the page where you want to add the text and start typing. If you already have written text in another document, simply copy it and paste it into the text box.

Now TII should be willing to accept your document.



To combine your PDF files:

  • First, open your documents in Preview.  
  • If Preview is your default PDF reader, then your documents will open in it when you click on them.  Otherwise, ctrl-click on your document and select Open with > Preview.
  • In the upper left-hand corner of the Preview window you will see a drop-down box.  Click on that and select "Thumbnails" in both documents. 
  • Resize your windows so that they are side-by-side.  You can do this by placing your cursor over the edge of the document until it appears as a double-sided arrow. Then ctrl-click and drag in the direction that you need in order to make the window fit properly.
  • Go to the window of the document that you want to be first and click on the top thumbnail if it isn't already selected. Then you can either type cmd-a, or go to the Edit window and choose "Select All". You should see a shadow box around all of the thumbnails for that document. 
  • Next, click and drag those thumbnails and place them above the first page of the other document.  If there are several pages, be patient because it takes a couple of seconds to process the drag and drop.

  • Now you have your combined document!

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