Plagiarism: interpreting originality reports using Turnitin

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The Turnitin plagiarism detection service identifies pieces of text in students' work that match with existing electronic texts. It can be used for assessed essays and also for general formative purposes to improve student academic skills. At this FREE byte-sized lunchtime session we will discuss things like:

  • What do the percentage matches mean?
  • What about direct citations?
  • Should I include bibliographies in the similarity index?

This lunchtime session covers viewing and navigating Turnitin Originality Reports. (Note that critical reading and further action based on the data in the report depend on your discipline, department or faculty and are not included in a generic session.) This session is for lecturers, tutors, postgraduate tutors, who are new or recent users of Turnitin (not intended for students)


  • Learn a little about plagiarism and interpretation
  • Turnitin overview
  • Navigating the Originality Report
  • Watch video examples
  • Understand the lessons learned
  • Know where to find support

Further Reading

  • Learning technologists offer a variety of taught courses to support the use of the plagiarism awareness software Turnitin.
  • There is also a course for students, to raise awareness about plagiarism and how to avoid it.
  • All courses are free of charge.
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