Turnitin: How to view and interpret the Similarity Report

 We have switched to a new version of Turnitin.

The new version of Turnitin is being used

  • for all assignments due 1st August or later – including coursework resubmissions and resit exams
  • on all Blackboard courses for 2022/23.

For help with accessing the Similarity Report in the new version, see How to view and interpret the Similarity Report

Accessing the Similarity Report

Go to the area where you submitted your work and open the assignment link by clicking View/Complete:

You will see your Similarity Score shown on the Assignment Inbox page. To open the Similarity Report, click the percentage (%).

You can also click the View button to open your assignment and access the Similarity Report.

The page that opens is called the Feedback Studio. This page also shows any feedback provided by your tutors, if your worked has been marked online)

Use the red menu icons in right hand Layers menu to investigate the source of matches made in your assignment.

Remember: The matches shown do not necessarily indicate plagiarism. The report will highlight all matches it finds to an online source. Some of these can be safely disregarded, for example, if they are commonly used phrases or if you have cited and correctly referenced the text.

Important: There is a 24 hour delay in the generation of the similarity report when you re-submit your work more than three times to the same assignment.


Text-only Similarity Report

If you use assistive technology, you may prefer to view the text-only report. To do this, click on the Text-only report link at the bottom of the page.

For further guidance, please see the Turnitin guidance: Accessing the text-only Similarity Report


Also See:

  1. Use the Layers menu and turn the Similarity Report on and off.
  2. View a Similarity Report and the source of any matched text.
  3. Help from Study Advice on using Turnitin in the Academic Integrity Toolkit.
  4. How to interpret an Originality Report Video (by Oxford Brookes University).
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