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Updated September 8, 2009 Copyright 1998 2009 iParadigms, LLC. All rights reserved. Turnitin Student Handbook: 1 Originality Reports Section: Overall Similarity Index Introduction
Papers submitted to Turnitin may be compared against billions of Internet documents, archived Internet data that is no longer available on the live web, a database of institution papers submitted by faculty, and subscription repository of periodicals, journals, and publications. The comparison document is called an Originality Report. This document details the matching or similar text between a submission made on Turnitin and the documents the submission was compared against. Originality Reports
The Originality Report provides a summary of matching or similar areas of text found in a submitted paper. The higher the percentage, the greater the amount of text in the submission that came up as matching against information in Turnitin's repositories. The percentage range runs from 0% to 100%. The percentage is generated by the amount of similar or matching text compared to the number of words in the submission in total. The view of the paper shown in the Originality Report is text only, no images are loaded. Plain text viewing allows for better recognition of matching areas. Overall Similarity Index
is based on the amount of matching text found by the repository comparison. The possible similarity index percentage ranges are linked to a corresponding color: blue (no matching words) green (one matching word - 24% similarity index) yellow (25-49% similarity index) orange (50-74% similarity index) red (75-100% similarity index) The overall similarity index and the corresponding color scaling of the icons provides matched to other sources in the repository. Direct quotation, citations, or bibliography areas of the paper are not automatically excluded. Warning: a paper contains plagiarized material or improperly used material. The Originality Report provides instructors and students with a tool to more easily locate matching or similar text within the text of a submitted work. The determination and adjudication of proper citation and plagiarism are left solely to the instructor and institution to which the work was submitted. Any be directed to the instructor of the class or an appropriate institutional staff member.
Copyright 1998 2009 iParadigms, LLC. All rights reserved. Turnitin Student Handbook: 2 Originality Reports Section: Viewing Originality Reports Viewing Originality Reports
The Originality Report can be viewed in one of three modes. These modes allow users to view and sort the information contained in the Originality Report in ways better suited to their needs. The three viewing modes for an Originality Report are: cumulative view (show highest matches together) mode: A list of all areas of the paper which have similarity to information in the Turnitin repository. Matches are color coded and listed from highest to lowest percentage of matching word area to the submission. Only the top or best matches are shown, and all underlying matches are visible on the single source mode single source (show matches one at a time) mode: Allows a user to view matches Contains a full list of all matches found rather than the best matches per area of similarity. This listing can be very exhaustive but will show all matches found, indicating any that are obscured in the cumulative view by virtue of being in the same or similar areas as other, better matches quickview (classic report) mode: A simple, printable list of the matches found followed by the paper with highlighting to indicate matching areas Originality Report Contents
The Originality Report is separated into three main areas in the default view. These default areas are: paper information - the top of the report view page shows information about information, the word count, the date of the Originality Report creation, and the detailed Similarity Index paper text - the extracted text only version of the submitted paper. Matching text is highlighted in a color that corresponds to the matches listed on the right side of the Originality Report matching source - the list of matching sources for the highlighted areas of the paper text to the left if in Cumulative View Paper Information Paper text Matching Sources
Turnitin Student Handbook: 3 Copyright 1998 2009 iParadigms, LLC. All rights reserved. Originality Reports Section: Mode Menu Mode Menu
The mode pull down menu provides you with a selection of three views of a Turnitin Originality Report. The default viewing mode is the cumulative view which is listed as show highest matches together. To change the view of an Originality Report, click on the mode pull down menu and select a different viewing mode. The report viewing screen will automatically change to the selected mode. Direct Source Comparison
Direct Source Comparison allows a user to quickly compare matching text to the source of the match in the Turnitin repository. Matches to other student papers are not available for Direct Source Comparison viewing. Using Direct Source Comparison can be done from the single source mode or cumulative view mode of the Originality Report. Accessing direct source comparison: 1. Open an Originality Report by clicking on the Originality Report icon 2. Click on a highlighted area of text on the left hand (student paper) side 3. When the source opens on the right, you can navigate through the areas of matching text (if available) using the arrow buttons beside next match 4. (Optional) The show in web page link, available on live Internet matches, brings up a view of the website as com- pared to the student submission Copyright 1998 2009 iParadigms, LLC. All rights reserved. Turnitin Student Handbook: 4 Originality Reports Section: Repository Sources Accessing direct source comparison: comparison, click on the close link on the right hand side to return to your previous view mode Repository Sources
Turnitin utilizes multiple types of repository in the generation of the Originality Reports. There are currently three types of repository: Internet repository - billions of active and archived web pages from the Internet. Internet sources indicate a date of download on the Turnitin Originality Report if the match is not found on the most recent download of content from this site publications - a repository of frequently updated content from professional journals, periodicals, and publications institution paper repository - a collection of papers submitted to the institution's repository Detailed Similarity Index
The detailed Similarity Index located on the top right of the Originality Report will contain the overall percentage and the percentage of matching content from each of the three Turnitin repositories: Internet Sources, Publications, and Student Papers (refers to papers stored in the institution's paper repository). Note: Sometimes the Overall Similarity Index may be a smaller percentage than the repository percentages combined. This would be due to overlapping text within the repositories. The Overall Similarity Index combines all the best matches from the overlapping sources. Copyright 1998 2009 iParadigms, LLC. All rights reserved. Turnitin Student Handbook: 5 Originality Reports Section: Excluding Quoted or Bibliographic Material Excluding Quoted or Bibliographic Material
can be removed from the Originality Report. Please note that the functions for excluding material are approximate, and human material cannot be excluded directly, and quotations can only be excluded if block- indentation or direct quotation marks ("") begin and end the quotation. Excluding quoted or bibliographic Matches: 1. Open an Originality Report by clicking on the Originality Report icon 2. Click on the exclude quoted or exclude bibliography links 3. Review the revised report. Quoted or bibliographic material can be re- included by clicking the include quoted or include bibliography links Excluding Small Matches
Users have the ability to exclude small matches by either word count or by percentage. To exclude small matches within an Originality Report click on the exclude small matches link on the tool bar. A small window will open with the two small match exclusion options. Enter into either the Word Count: or Percentage: that will be excluded from this Originality Report. Click on the submit button once a value has been entered to apply the changes to the exclude small matches option Copyright 1998 2009 iParadigms, LLC. All rights reserved. Turnitin Student Handbook: 6 Originality Reports Section: Printing or Saving Reports or click Cancel to cancel any changes. When a student closes an Originality Report after using the exclude small matches option, the Originality Report will return to the assignment's default setting for excluding small matches and the students changes will not be saved. Printing or Saving Reports
The Originality Report can be printed to provide a physical copy or downloaded to the To print a report, click on the print icon at the top of the Originality Report view. This will prepare a readable, print-friendly version of the Originality Report. The report may be printed in color or black and white at the discretion of the user. When printing, the print version created is based on the view mode of the Originality Report currently open. For example, clicking print while using the default show highest matches view mode will print only the highest matches. The print view resembles the quickview (classic) report. A copy of the Originality Report can be downloaded in a HTML format to the computer or a connected data storage device. The downloaded version will no longer have any of the Direct Source Comparison capability and will not be able to show side by side or web page views. The view mode of a downloaded report is not available in the HTML document. To download a copy of the Originality Report, click on the download icon in the top right corner of the Originality Report. Copyright 1998 2009 iParadigms, LLC. All rights reserved. Turnitin Student Handbook: 7 Originality Reports Section: User Report Preferences User Report Preferences
The behavior and appearance of Originality Reports can be changed from the report preferences area. The available report settings can be changed: color code matches - by default matching text is color coded. This can be turned off or reactivated by selecting no from the color-code matches pull down menu default mode - when a report is opened, the default view mode is enabled. To change the default view mode, select the mode from the default mode pull down menu auto-navigation - when a match is clicked or activated, the text scrolls smoothly. To jump instead of smooth scrolling, select jump to next match from the auto- navigation pull down menu To change Originality Report preferences, click on preferences at the top left of the Originality Report. This will open the Originality Report preferences pane. Change any of the preferences available using the corresponding pull down menus. To complete the preferences change, the user must click on save in the corner of the Originality Report preference pane to save any changes that have been made. Copyright 1998 2009 iParadigms, LLC. All rights reserved. ...
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