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VLE GSA - How to interpret a Turnitin Originality Report


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  • 1. Interpret a Turnitin Originality Report The VLE @ GSA How to…
  • 2. Interpret a Turnitin Originality Report • Turnitin is a text matching tool that can be useful in helping students develop critical writing skills and evaluate their use of evidence. • An Originality Report is generated that outlines where particular excerpts of text may have come from. • There are a number of things to be aware of in interpreting the Originality Report, such as the assessment requirements, inclusion of bibliographic information, etc. • Whilst a similarity percentage is generated, this should not be considered in isolation from the text that constitutes the submitted piece.
  • 3. In your course, go to Control Panel > Course Tools > TurnitinUK Assignments.
  • 4. Choose the link for the Turnitin Assignment you created and whish to give feedback on.
  • 5. In the Assignment Inbox, you will see a percentage and coloured bar beside each submission. < 24% 25 – 49% 25 – 49% > 75% The coloured bars indicate how much text has been matched. This should be closely considered with the Originality Report itself and not used as a final score.
  • 6. Click on the percentage or coloured bar to go to the Originality Report.
  • 7. If not already active, click on the Originality button to show the Originality Report pane. This pane allows you to view a digest of where text has come, what sources have been used and how evidence has been incorporated into an assessment. Click on a Match to see its source and incorporation.
  • 8. The Match Breakdown helps to interpret the Similarity Index. E.g. There is a fairly large highlighted section here, but it is properly referenced and clearly a quote.
  • 9. To exclude bibliographic material or quotations, click the filter icon at the bottom right. You can then choose which aspects you may wish to exclude. Then click Apply Changes.
  • 10. If there is a reference list this will now be excluded from the Similarity Index.
  • 11. You can save or print a copy of the highlighted Originality Report by clicking the printer icon.
  • 12. You can also now use Turnitin on the iPad. Download and install the Turnitin App from the App Store. You can then click on the iPad icon to generate a Class Access Code to take you straight to the Assignment Inbox – click to generate and enter into the App on the iPad.