Viewing and Interpreting a Turnitin Similarity Report

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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, then consult your tutor, an Academic Achievement Adviser or a Subject Librarian.

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.

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