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Interpreting the Similarity Report

Aspen does not check for plagiarism in a piece of work. Instead, it checks a user's work against its extensive database. If instances are found where a user's writing is similar to or matches against a source this will be flagged for your review in the match overview.

The database includes billions of web pages: both current and archived content from the Internet, a repository of works students have submitted to Turnitin in the past, and a collection of documents, which comprises thousands of periodicals, journals, and publications.

What does the color of the similarity score indicate?

 

The color of the similarity score, located in My Files, is based on the amount of matching or similar text that was uncovered. The percentage range is 0% to 100% with the possible similarity indices being:

 

Blue: No matching text
Green: One word to 24% matching text
Yellow: 25-49% matching text
Orange: 50-74% matching text
Red: 75-100% matching text

Similarity scoring scenarios

 

A high similarity score does not always suggest that a piece of writing has been plagiarized, just as a low similarity score does not always indicate that no plagiarism has occurred. Consider the following scenarios:

1

You may have submitted a document to Turnitin in the past. If you placed your name on that document, it is entirely possible that your name will be highlighted in the Similarity Report.

2

You may have submitted multiple drafts of the same paper to your institution's private repository, meaning your final draft has resulted in a score of 100%.

3

An individual within your institution has managed to acquire a copy of your document. They submit this document to the institution's private repository and receive a similarity score of 25%. You submit your original document a week later to the private repository but receive a 100% similarity score.

4

You've submitted a qualitative study to your institution’s private repository, resulting in your document including a significant number of quotes, as well as an extensive bibliography. As your peers have been working on the same study topic and have also submitted to the institution’s private repository, you’ve received a similarity score is 73%.​
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