Interpret a Turnitin Similarity Report

The Similarity Report is the result of a comparison between the text of the submission against a large range of sources in the Turnitin database. Examples of resources checked are:

  • Internet sites and archived internet documents and data
  • A repository of papers previously submitted to Turnitin
  • A subscription repository of periodicals, journals, and publications

The CLE courses, the Similarity Report can be accessed from the Assignment Inbox, which displays the original student work in the left-hand pane and the Match Overview in the right-hand pane. 

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Access the Similarity Report

For assignments, the Similarity Report can be accessed from the Assignment Inbox. Select the similarity score from the % column to open the document viewer. The score sits alongside its corresponding color.


For a forum, the Similarity Report can be accessed underneath the student’s post:


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