Moodle 3.2: View a Turnitin Originality Report

Applies to: Moodle 3.2.

Turnitin.com states that "Turnitin helps educators evaluate student work and provide great feedback to improve student learning. Turnitin does not determine whether a paper has or has not been plagiarized. Originality Reports are simply tools to help instructors locate potential sources of plagiarism, or text which may have been incorrectly cited. Therefore, only instructors can deem what is a €˜good' or €˜bad' score, as interpretation of the data can only be made by the instructor."

Turnitin uses a web search engine that examines web pages, student papers, and articles from academic books and publications. Learn about Interpreting a Similarity Report.

Only certain files types will generate originality reports. Submitted papers must contain more than 20 words. See File Requirements or more information.

Accessing the Originality Report

  1. Go to the course homepage.
  2. Find the assignment, forum, or workshop and click its link.
  3. View the activity's submission or posting:
    1. Assignment: Click View all submissions (3.2).
    2. Forum: Go to any posting or reply.
    3. Workshop: Click any student submission.
      On the activity grading page the originality report appears as a red box with the percentage of content that matches the Turnitin search engine results

      Turnitin originality report score icon
  4. Click the originality score icon to open the Originality Report. The Originality Report opens in a new window called the Document Viewer.

Using the Document Viewer (Moodle 3.2)

The Feedback Studio Document Viewer displays the contents of the student's submission on the left and the Similarity Report toolbar on the right in red. Click the icons to expand.

Turnitin tool box for Moodle 3.2

  • The Match Overview (numerical similarity score icon) gives you a breakdown of all the matches that have been found on a paper, ordered by highest similarity match to lowest. To access each match in more detail, click the arrow to the right of each similarity percentage.
  • All Sources displays all of the sources that have been found are displayed and sorted by highest percentage match. Clicking on any source will change the navigation bar at the top of the page, revealing the number of times a particular source has matched in the paper.
  • Filters and Settings (filter icon) allows you exclude quotes, bibliographies, small matches, and toggle highlighting on and off.
  • Exclude allows you to view sources that have been excluded from the similarity report.

Example originality report in Moodle 3.2

  • When you have finished viewing the Originality Report, close the tab to return to Moodle.

Additional Resources

Moodle for Students: Turnitin Guide