What is a Similarity Report?

Turnitin Similarity report is an online service which accepts submissions electronically and compares them with a database consisting of web pages, a repository of previous students work and a range of electronic resources to produce a similarity score and report. If there are instances where a student's writing is similar to, or matches against, one of the sources, then they will be flagged for review.

Staff and students should understand that similarity reports do not say whether plagiarism has taken place; the report simply highlights sections of the submitted text that match other sources. It remains an academic decision as to what the similarity means and what happens as a consequence.

More information on understanding plagiarism and Similarity Reports can be found below:

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