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View submissions and originality reports

1. View a submission

a. In the module, turn Edit Mode ON, find the Turnitin assignment and click View Assignment.
b. Click a submission title to view it.
c. The student’s submission opens in the Turnitin Document Viewer. Please note, from 1 August 2017, this will be known as Feedback Studio.

2. View an 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 at the top right. In our example, it's 100%. The student’s submission is displayed on the left. Highlighted text means that the text matches another source. The Primary Source View shows you where it's been copied from.
Text that hasn’t been matched is not highlighted.

 Similarity overview

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