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Similarity Report

Turnitin does not check to see if a piece of work is plagiarized or not. We check your work against our database, and if there are instances where your 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 you have used quotes and referenced correctly, there will be instances where we will find a match. The similarity report simply highlights possible problem areas in a paper.

Viewing the Similarity Report


1. If you are holding your iPad in portrait orientation, you must tap Accounts in the top left-hand corner to access the app sidebar. Skip to step 2 if you are holding your iPad in landscape orientation, as the sidebar will already be visible.



2. Tap your account name in the Feedback Studio for iPad sidebar.




3. Tap your class name in the Feedback Studio for iPad.




4. From the assignment list, tap the assignment you would like to access. Each assignment will show the assignment's due date and submission status. Tap the assignment to view the assignment information in full.




5. 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.





6. 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.




7a. If the similarity report is inactive, tap the toggle to switch it on.





7b. 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.





8. 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.

9. 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.




10. 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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