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The paper lookup tool for Similarity and SimCheck

The paper lookup tool is only available for customers using Turnitin Originality, Similarity, or SimCheck via the browser or integrated with Canvas, Microsoft Teams, Moodle, or Sakai.

The paper lookup tool is used to view basic submission details for your users.

To access the paper lookup tool, select Paper Lookup from the side menu.

To find a paper you will need to know the PaperID and/or user’s full name. Enter either of these into the search bar and select Search.

If you are searching with the PaperID/Submission ID, you must include “oid:” before the ID. You can search for more than one paper by separating the IDs with a comma (,).

Searching with the PaperID/Submission ID is available for users accessing Turnitin through their browser as well as those integrating with the Turnitin CoreAPI.

How to find PaperID/Submission ID

New report Classic report

In the new report

To find a PaperID (refered to as the 'Submission ID' in this version of the report), open the Similarity Report and select the information icon in the top right of the report.

The Submission ID will be displayed in a dropdown.

Alternatively, the URL of the report also contains the ID. It will begin “oid”.

Make a note of the Submission ID for papers that you want to find quickly in the future.


If you are searching with the user’s name, you must enter the first and last name exactly how it appears in Users area. This will find all the papers submitted by this user.

If there are multiple users with the same first and last name you will be given the opportunity to choose which user’s papers you wish to view. You can discern this using the users’ emails.

Paper lookup results

The following results are shown once a paper has been found:

  • The paper title (the PaperID is included underneath the title.)
  • The name of the individual who submitted the paper
  • The paper’s similarity score
  • The folder in which the paper is located
  • The date the submission was added

Select the title of the paper to open the Similarity Report.

Select the download button to the right of the results to download the paper.

Select the trash icon to delete the paper.

This will not move the file to the trash where it can be retrieved later. This action will permanently delete the paper from Turnitin.

To return to the search, select Reset search results.

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