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Accessing the Similarity Report and Similarity Score

These instructions are for users of the Turnitin website. If you are accessing Turnitin via a LMS, please see our LMS guidance.

In this guide:

Accessing the Similarity Report

  1. To access a Similarity Report, log in to Turnitin. If you are already logged in, access the main homepage by selecting the All Classes tab from the top of any page.
  2. From the main homepage, locate the class name and select the Open button to view the assignment dashboard.
  3. Find the assignment you submitted to. Under the Similarity column, you'll find your similarity score. This is a numerical and visual indicator of the amount of similarity we found in your work.TFS_student_assignment dashboard_sim report.png
  4. Selecting a similarity score percentage will open the Similarity Report in a new window so you can view details about any matches found.

If a new window does not appear, you may need to add to the list of sites allowed to create pop-up windows on the web browser that you are using.

Why is there no Similarity Score?

There could be two reasons a similarity score does not appear under the Similarity column:

  • If your instructor turned off student access to the Similarity Report, you will see a paper icon with a line cut through it noSimIcon_25x25.png.
  • A dash ( — ) under the Similarity column means that the Similarity Report is still being generated and will be updated once it has finished processing.

Turnitin compares submissions against an ever-expanding database of active and archived Internet pages, a subscription repository of periodicals, journals, and publications, as well as a repository of previously submitted papers.

The similarity score is the overall percentage of the paper's text that matches to other sources; it is not an assessment of whether the paper includes plagiarized material. The Similarity Report is a tool for instructors and students to easily find text similarity within submitted work.

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