How do I view and interpret a Turnitin similarity / originality report?

How to interpret your Originality / Similarity Report for a Turnitin assignment submission

What is a similarity report?

Previously known as an originality report, this is a summary of matching or similar areas of text found in a submitted paper. It gives a detailed breakdown of text matches to academic journals, publications, websites and student papers at our University and other Universities.

Both you and your tutor can use a similarity report to identify examples of incorrect referencing and citation in your work. If you’re unsure about the results of the report, please consult your tutor.

How long does it take to get a similarity report?

It may take up to 48 hours to return similarity reports at peak submission times, but for the first 4 submissions you should get a similarity report within an hour or so.  If a report hasn’t been returned yet, it will usually display as Pending in the Submissions Inbox. Sometimes the report has been returned but it will still say ‘Pending’, so it is always worth re-opening your submission to check.

How do I access my similarity report?

  1. Log in to MyBeckett with your username e.g. c1234567 and password.
  2. On the Modules tab, locate the module where you submitted your work to Turnitin.
  3. Find the assignment you previously submitted to. (If you can’t find it, please ask your tutor where it is.)
  4. Click View Assignment near the Turnitin icon, this opens the Submissions Inbox with a summary of your submission.
  5. In the summary, under the Similarity column, there may be one of 3 things:
  • A small dash and a percentage symbol (- %). This means the originality report hasn't been generated by Turnitin yet. Originality Reports can take up to 48 hours to generate, so please wait at least 48 hours before raising a query about not receiving your originality report.
  • An X% (X being a number between 1 and 100) and a coloured bar ranging from dark blue (low %) to dark red (high %) representing the % similarity.
  • A yellow triangle (like a caution sign) means that the tutor has chosen either not to get an originality report or chosen to hide it from students. If you see this and are concerned that you can't access an originality report, please consult your tutor.
  1. To view your similarity report, click the X% or the coloured bar in the similarity column. This opens a new window showing your assignment in the Turnitin document viewer.
  • Coloured Highlights: Highlighted and numbered text on your paper corresponds to matches listed in the Match Overview bar (right of page). Click the highlighted text on the paper to view the matched text source content / source type e.g. student paper, website, news article etc.
  • Match Overview: Click the number icon (in the panel on the right)  to view all sources. This displays by default a list of matches which have similarity to information in the Turnitin database. Matches are colour coded and listed from highest to lowest percentage. Only the top or best matches are shown. All underlying matches are visible in the Match Breakdown (click the right arrow next to a match) and All Sources modes.
  • All Sources: Click the bar graph button (in the panel on the right) to view all sources. This view allows a user to view matches between the paper and a specific selected source in the Turnitin database. It contains a full list of all matches found rather than the best matches per area of similarity.

How do I access a text-only similarity report?

  1. Open your paper in Turnitin Feedback Studio by selecting the paper title from the assignment submission inbox.

  2. Press the tab key. A box will appear on the screen with the focus already on that element. If you are using a screen reader, this will read this as a link saying 'Navigate to text-only Similarity Report'. Press enter on your keyboard to open the text-only Similarity Report.

  3. The text-only similarity report will now load in a new window. Turnitin Feedback Studio will remain open in the previous window.

What if I have a high percentage similarity?

This doesn’t necessarily mean that you have plagiarised your work. If you have any concerns please consult your tutor.

How do I download or print the report to keep as a hard copy?

In Feedback Studio, there's a download icon on the right of the viewer. Click it and select Current View. This will prompt a PDF download. Open it and choose your print options from File -> Print.

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