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Viewing 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.

Viewing the Similarity Report


1. To understand how a paper's similarity report has been generated, you can access further information from the in-app document viewer. Tap anywhere on a student's submission from the assignment dashboard.





2. 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.




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3a. If the similarity report is inactive, tap the toggle to switch it on.





3b. If the similarity report is active, the similarity pop-up box will supply a clear breakdown of the sources identified in the paper, which 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.





4. 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.





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





6. 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 in the by tapping the similarity report icon, as explained in step 2.


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