How to make sense of the Originality Report

Originality Reports are documents Turnitin produces to identify incidences where the system has found a match between a student’s coursework submission and Turnitin’s database of previously submitted student papers and other online text sources (website, digital books and the like).

If your tutor has set up your Turnitin assignment to generate Originality Reports for coursework submissions these documents will become available to view shortly after you have submitted your work. Originality Reports for first time submissions may be generated within a matter of minutes and up to an hour or more during busy submission periods such as deadlines. If your assignment has been set up to accept multiple submissions from each student (where each subsequent submission overwrites the previous one) any subsequent report for resubmissions will take  24 - 48 hours to generate. Please note however, you do not have to wait for your second or subsequent submissions' Originality Reports to be generated before making a further submission - you can make further submissions regardless.

How to access your Turnitin Originality Report

1. Log into UniHub, navigate to your Turnitin assignment on your module and click on the assignment link.

2. Select the My Submissions tab to view the page containing a link to your Originality Report.

3. The Originality Report is accessible by clicking on either the percentage number or coloured box within the Similarity column.

4. Clicking on the number or coloured box opens up a pop up window called the Turnitin Document Viewer.

The report contains several sections:

5. Click on the Originality button to ensure that you are accessing the Originality Report.

The title of your submission is displayed at the centre of the header and to the left is displayed a percentage figure representing the amount of your submissions content for which Turnitin has found matches elsewhere.

Beneath the Header, and on the left hand side of the window is displayed a copy of the student submission and to the right there is a column called Match Overview

The Match Overview lists the primary sources of work within the turnitin database of digital content that match parts of the student submission. Each of these matches has a percentage figure against it, and that these combined matches make up the total Similarity figure for the submission that is displayed within the header of the document viewer.

The text within the submission that matches the turnitin repository database is highlighted. Each primary match is given a number and a colour, and these numbers and colours will correspond with the numbers and colours within the Match Overview list. For instance, the areas within the paper containing the number 4 and the having dark green coloured text  refer to the box in the Match Overview column headed ‘David Ayers. "Jazz: M......

6. You can navigate to the matches within the paper by clicking on the numbers displayed within the Match Overview column.

7. Clicking on match makes a grey bar appear at the top of the column and Beneath the Match Overview heading.

This displays information on the amount of incidences of the match within my paper. Each click on the small triangle to the left  or right of the information takes me to the next part of this match within submission. You can scroll backward and forward through each of these matches to find them within the paper.

8. Clicking on a source link within the Match Breakdown column will also open a pop up window displaying the original source text.

If the source text is avaiable in full there will be a link to this at the top right-hand corner of the window entitled Full Source View.

9. Clicking on this will open up the full source text within the Match Overview column.

10. Click on the white circle containing a cross to return to the Match Overview in the right-hand column.

Interpreting the Originality Report

Turnitin has highlighted the matches it has found within the submission and has also generated both a total similarity percentage figure and provided  a useful breakdown of this figure. It is now your task to ensure several things:

1. Ensure that any matches Turnitin has found have been accounted for within the bibliography included as part of the submission.

2. If any of the matches are not properly referenced within your submission this may be judged to be plagiarism, and you will need to deal with the incidence or incidences of such matches in an appropriate manner.

In conclusion, you are strongly advised to use the Turnitin originality report as a tool with which you can check your written coursework to identify areas of potential plagiarism.  In identifying and resolving these issues with the help of the Turnitin report you will able to ensure that the work you are submitting is both academically sound and properly referenced.

Last modified: Friday, 17 April 2015, 3:21 PM