Viewing and Interpreting a Turnitin Similarity Report


When you submit an assignment, Turnitin will generate a score and a similarity report (previously known as an originality report). If you have questions about the report and how to interpret it, this is the guide for you.

The most important thing to understand about the similarity report is that “Turnitin does not check for plagiarism in a piece of work” (Turnitin, 2016). It finds potential matches which will be checked by your tutors. Turnitin is only a tool and as a student, you should carefully look through the report and ensure that any highlighted segments are correctly cited and referenced. If you are unsure, consult your tutor, the academic skills support or library teams at your campus.

If you want to check your work before you submit, you have access to a Turnitin test site. You can find this under My modules when you log in to Moodle. The site also contains help guides and further assistance on using Turnitin.

How long does the similarity report take to appear?
How can I open my similarity report?
How does the similarity report find matches?
How do I read the similarity report?
What percentage is safe?
Can I print or save my similarity report?

Bookmark the permalink.

Comments are closed

  • Note: To get help or a response, contact us by clicking on the User Voice help icon (bottom right) of every Moodle page.

  • Did you find this article useful?