How do I use the similarity report tools in TurnitIn?

Once inside the Turnitin feedback studio, you can use the red similarity tools to help you interpret source usage in each of your student’s assignment submission. These tools can be useful for detecting plagiarism, and also for providing students with a visualization of how well they are balancing their use of source material with their own analysis.

  1. To analyze a paper using the similarity report tools, first access the Turnitin feedback studio for a selected student’s paper. How do I use the Turnitin Feedback Studio?
  2. Use the red buttons on the navigation panel to the right to view and interpret the originality report.
  3. Click on the Match Overview icon to view the percentages of sources in this paper that correspond to exact matches of other outside sources. If you have your students cite sources in their paper, this report will include those citations due to their similarity to other sources.
  4. Click on the All Sources icon view all the percentages of sources that were triggered for similarity.
    It is very unlikely that you will ever encounter a student paper with 0% results.
    1. Click on Exclude Sources at the bottom of the pane if you want to not include a source or more from the results.
  5. Click the Filter and Settings icon to set parameters for the originality report so as to eliminate insignificant matches. Here, you can exclude quotes, bibliography, or matches that fall under a certain word count or percentage.
  6. Click Apply Changes after you have set the filters of your choice in order to update the report.
  7. Click the Download icon for download options. In the center of the screen, a pop up box to appear with options to download any of the following: the current view of the essay, a receipt of the submission, or the original paper that was submitted.
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