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Viewing the Similarity Report

Accessing the Similarity Report

 

The Similarity Report can be accessed from the Assignment Inbox. Click the similarity score from the % column to open the document viewer. The score sits alongside its corresponding color.

 

About the Similarity Report


A typical submission made to an assignment in Turnitin generates a Similarity Report. The Similarity Report is the result of comparison between the text of the submission against the search targets selected for the assignment; this may include billions of pages of active and archived internet information, a repository of works previously submitted to Turnitin, and a repository of tens of thousands of periodicals, journals, and publications. Any matching or highly similar text discovered is detailed in the Similarity Report that is available in the Assignment Inbox.

 

The similarity score is a percentage of a paper's content that matches to Turnitin's databases; it is not an assessment of whether the paper includes plagiarized material.

 

Viewing Similarity Matches

 

The Match Overview gives you a breakdown of all the matches that have been found on a paper, ordered by highest similarity match to lowest.

 

 

 

1. To view the Match Overview, click the red numerical similarity score from the similarity toolbar. If the similarity layer was inactive, it will now be activated, highlighting all matches on the paper.

 

 

2. All matches are displayed within the Match Overview side panel. A list of matches will be displayed in descending order.

 

 

3. To access each match in more detail, click the arrow to the right of each similarity percentage

 

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4. The Match Breakdown will display all sources identified for each match. To view the sources on-paper, simply click on any source in the Match Breakdown.

 

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5. A source box will appear on the paper, revealing where in the source the text has been identified. If you would like to read the full source, click the book icon in the top right-hand corner of the box. You can also access this source box by clicking the red match flag to the left of the highlighted text.

 

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Note: Click the left or right arrow in the source box to move between sources.

 

6. The full source text can now be viewed in the Full Source Text side panel, with all matching text shown in red.

 

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Note: Click the source hyperlink in either the source box or side panel to access the website from which the match was identified.

Viewing Sources

 

In the All Sources side panel, all of the sources that have been found are displayed and sorted by highest percentage match. Clicking on any source will change the navigation bar at the top of the page, revealing the number of times a particular source has matched in the paper.

 

1. To view all sources, click the red All sources icon from the similarity toolbar. If the similarity layer was inactive, it will now be activated, highlighting all on-paper matches.

 

 

2. All sources are displayed within the All Sources side panel. A list of sources will be displayed in descending order.

 

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5. To view each match within the selected source, simply use the navigation arrows at the top of the All Sources  side panel. As you navigate through, a new on-paper source box will appear.

 

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Filtering the Similarity Report

Excluding Quotes and Bibliography

 

When you choose to exclude quotes, our system will recognize quotes by the use of double quotation marks - "like this" - or paragraph indentations in a Microsoft Word® document. Single quotations - 'like these' - are not recognized as quotes.

 

When you choose to exclude bibliographies, our system will detect the following keywords and disregard matches in the paper after that point:

 

  • References
  • References cited
  • References and notes
  • Resources
  • Bibliography
  • Works cited

 

However, when the paper reaches the following words in the paper, it will resume the similarity check:

 

  • Appendix
  • Appendices
  • Glossary
  • Table
  • Tables
  • Acknowledgment
  • Acknowledgments
  • Exhibits
  • Figure
  • Figures
  • Chart
  • Charts

 

1.  To exclude different types of text from the similarity report, click the red Filter icon from the similarity toolbar. If the similarity layer was inactive, it will now be activated, highlighting all on-paper matches.

 

 

2. From the Filters and Settings side panel, use the check boxes to make bibliography and quote exclusions from the similarity report. 

 

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Note: A recent update to similarity scoring may affect your assignments if you've opted to exclude the bibliography. View this update here.

 

3. Click Apply Changes to confirm this change. This will repaint the similarity report with your change now reflected in the assignment.

 

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Excluding Small Matches

 

1.  To exclude text from the similarity report according to its size, click the red filter icon from the similarity toolbar. If the similarity layer was inactive, it will now be activated, highlighting all on-paper matches.

 

 

2. From the Filters and Settings side panel, use the radio and text boxes to determine which exclusions should apply to the paper's similarity report. You can exclude sources that are less than a certain number of words, or a certain percentage of words. For example, filtering by 10 words will exclude all sources that have a cumulative number of matching words that are less than 10 words in length.

 

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3. Click Apply Changes to confirm this change. This will repaint the similarity report with your change now reflected in the assignment.


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Similarity Report Multi-Color Highlighting 

 

1.  To apply multi-color highlighting to the similarity report, click the red filter icon from the similarity toolbar. If the similarity layer was inactive, it will now be activated, highlighting all on-paper matches.

 

 

2. From the Filters and Settings side panel, use the Multi-Color Highlighting checkbox to toggle highlighting on and off in the similarity report.

 

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3. The paper's similarity matches can now be identified on-paper by color, as well as number.

 

Generating a New Similarity Report

 

If you believe something may have been added to our database since a paper's last similarity report was generated (a website, journal article, or even another student’s paper), you can generate a new similarity report from the Filters and Settings panel.

 

 

1.  To generate a new similarity report, click the red filter icon from the similarity toolbar. If the similarity layer was inactive, it will now be activated, highlighting all on-paper matches.

 

 

2. From the Filters and Settings side panel, click the New Report button to generate a new report.

 

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3. We encourage you to only generate a new report if you have reason to believe that something new has been added to the database, as your previous similarity report will be overwritten. Click OK to generate a new report, or Cancel to abort.

 

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Excluding Sources

Excluding Sources via Match Overview

 

1. To exclude sources from the similarity report using the Match Overview side panel, click the red numerical similarity score from the similarity toolbar. If the similarity layer was inactive, it will now be activated, highlighting all on-paper matches.

 

 

2. All matches will be displayed within the Match Overview side panel.

 

 

3. To access each match in more detail and exclude sources, click the arrow to the right of the relevant similarity percentage.

 

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4. At the bottom of the Match Breakdown side panel, click the Exclude Sources button.

 

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5. Using the checkboxes, select the source(s) you would like to exclude from the paper's similarity report, and click the red Exclude button.

 

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Note: By clicking the Exclude (x) button, this will recalculate the similarity score.

 

Excluding Sources via All Sources

 

1. To exclude sources from the similarity report using the All Sources side panel, click the graph icon from the similarity toolbar. If the similarity layer was inactive, it will now be activated, highlighting all on-paper matches.

 

 

2. Click the Exclude Sources button at the bottom of the All Sources side panel.

 

3. Use the checkboxes to select the sources that you'd like to exclude from the similarity report.

 

4. Click the red Exclude (x) button at the bottom of the All Sources side panel. The button will provide a count of the number of sources you have chosen to exclude. Alternatively, click the Cancel button to clear your selection.

 

    

Note: By clicking the Exclude (x) button, this will recalculate the similarity score.

Viewing Excluded Sources

 

1. To view sources that have been excluded from the similarity report, click the red exclude icon from the similarity toolbar. If the similarity layer was inactive, it will now be activated, highlighting all on-paper matches.

 

 

2. 

 

2a. If you have not excluded any sources from the similarity report, you will simply receive a notification advising No sources have been excluded for this report.

 

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2b. If you have excluded any sources from the paper's similarity report, you can find a list of excluded sources in the Excluded Sources side panel.

 

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3a. To restore only some of the excluded sources, use the checkboxes to select the relevant sources. Click the Restore button to continue.

 

3b. To restore all of the excluded sources in the list, click the Restore All button.

 

Note: You do not need to refresh the similarity report to see these sources reflected in the similarity score.

 

 

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