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Student view of the Similarity Report

Turnitin does not check to see if a piece of work is plagiarized or not. We check your student's work against our database, and if there are instances where a student's writing is similar, or matches against one of our sources, we will flag this for your review.

 

It is perfectly natural for an assignment to match against some of our database. If your student is using quotes or referencing correctly, there will be instances where we will find a match. The Originality Report simply allows you to be aware of any problem areas in a paper.

Accessing the Similarity Report

 

1

Tap your class name from the Classes page.

 

Note: Class sections are useful when sections of a class are taught by different instructors (referred to as teaching assistants in a Turnitin master class). This allows different instructors to assign work to students related to their own section, as well as provide feedback on this work.

 

2

Tap on the correct assignment from the assignments list. Each assignment will show the assignment's due date and submission status. Tap the assignment to view assignment information in full.

 

3

To understand how your similarity report has been generated, you can access further information from the in-app document viewer. From the assignment information page, tap View Scores and Feedback to access the document viewer.

Navigating the Similarity Report

 

1

From the document viewer, tap the similarity report icon in the top right-hand corner. This can be identified as a bar chart icon or a percentage, depending on whether the similarity report is active or inactive.

 

1a

If the similarity report is inactive, tap the graph icon in the top right-hand corner of the document viewer, then select the toggle below it to switch the similarity report on.

 

Tap anywhere outside of the pop-up box to close it.

 

1b

If the similarity report is active, tap the similarity report score in the top right-hand corner of the document viewer, then select the toggle below it to switch the similarity report off. 

 

The similarity pop-up box supplies a clear breakdown of the sources identified in the paper; this includes matching content. An active similarity report highlights all matching sources within the paper.

 

Tap anywhere outside of the pop-up box to close it.

 

2

Tap any of the sources in the list to locate the match within the paper.

 

This will open a new pop-up box, entitled Match X of X. This box details the source URL, as well as the snippet of text that the highlighted text has matched with.

Note: You may navigate through each match within a source, using the left and right arrows in the top right-hand corner of the pop-up box.

 

3

Should you wish to view the source in full, tap the expand icon in the top right-hand corner of the Match pop-up box. This will open the Full Source View pop-up box.

 

4

The Full Source View pop-up box allows you to read through the areas within the source where matches appear. This saves you from having to tap through each match one-by-one, particularly if there are a large number of matches.

 

Tap Done to close the pop-up and return to the Document Viewer.

Note: Once you’ve viewed the similarity report, you may wish to turn the report functionality off by tapping the similarity report icon, as explained in step 2.

 

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