Interpreting the Similarity Report
Turnitin does not check for plagiarism in a piece of work.
Instead, we will check student’s work against our database, and if there are instances where their writing is similar to, or matches against, one of our sources, we will flag this for instructors to review.
Sometimes a few false positives pop-up in a report but don’t worry there are some simple settings you can change to help stop these appearing.
Exclude small matches - In the filter settings panel of Feedback Studio, you can choose a number of words to exclude from the similarity report. Setting this to a small number of three or four words will ensure that no important matches are missed but will stop the report showing matches to the student’s name or page numbers.
Use exclusion words and terminating phrases - Turnitin has users in hundreds of countries, and every institution is different. If you’d like us to automatically exclude a bibliography we’ve produced a long list of the words Turnitin looks for when determining what to include in a similarity report.
Are quotes still being included in a similarity report? Make sure you are using a supported quotation type by checking out our exclusion guidance.
Want to know more about how to interpret the similarity report? Check out our guide.
Ann Rogerson, one of our Global Innovation Award winners from University of Wollongong in Australia is hosting a webcast next week on this very topic! Ann's previous session on this topic was hugely popular, so mark the date in your diary! Further details can be found here.