Accessing the Similarity Report

Turnitin compares papers against an ever expanding database of Internet pages, archived pages that might not be available any more, a subscription repository of periodicals, journals, publications, and a repository of previously submitted papers.

The similarity score is a percentage of the paper's 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 matches or similar text within submitted work.

  1. To access a Similarity Report, you must firstly access the main homepage by clicking the All Classes tab from the top of any page
  2. From the main homepage, select the name of the class to view the class portfolio.
  3. By selecting View under the Actions column, this will direct you to the assignment inbox.
  4. Under the Similarity column, you'll find icons indicating the similarity score and its corresponding color.
  5. Click on the similarity percentage from the aforementioned Similarity column to open the Similarity Report in a new window.

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