View submissions and similarity / originality reports
This guide describes how staff can access students' Turnitin submissions and view similarity / originality reports.
2. View a submission
3. View a similarity / originality report
The Similarity Index is a percentage of the submission that Turnitin matched to text on other submissions, regardless of whether or not the text was referenced and cited correctly.
Don't be too keen to make decisions based on the headline number. It's entirely possible that a student's paper may come back with a 100% match, but if they've referenced and cited it correctly, it's not plagiarism. It may not be a very good essay, containing little original thought, but it's not plagiarism.
Conversely, a 1% match that isn't referenced and cited correctly may very well be plagiarism. It's important to check each submission and use your academic judgement. For more information, see our guide to Academic Integrity and Originality.
a. Click the Similarity (coloured bar next to a percentage)
- Blue: no matching text
- Green: one word to 24% matching text
- Yellow: 25-49% matching text
- Orange: 50-74% matching text
- Red: 75-100% matching text
b. The Turnitin document viewer opens. The similarity index is displayed in the icons on the right.
In our example, it's 46%. The student’s submission is displayed on the left. You can click the similarity index to view text matches in the document.
- Highlighted text means that the text matches another source.
- Text that hasn’t been matched is not highlighted.
c. You can click the All Sources icon (that looks like bar chart with an arrow) to view a list of sources that match text within the submission. Matches are listed from highest to lowest. You can click on a source and use the Exclude Sources button at the bottom of the column if appropriate.
d. The Filters and Settings icon allows you to exclude quotes, bibliography, and sources by size. Click Apply Changes to update the similarity index based on the exclusions you have selected.
e. The Excluded Sources icon shows a list of any sources that you have manually excluded. You can use the Restore buttons at the bottom of the column if appropriate.
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