Once a student paper is submitted to the service the script is compared with the contents of the TurnitinUK database and an originality report is produced within 4 hours (as a general rule). The percentage of matched text for each assignment is displayed. The originality report shows the original text in a colour coded format with corresponding links to each source. See below for an example of an originality report.
Example of an originality report
- The student’s submission is displayed on the left and link(s) to the source(s) of the matching text is displayed on the right.
- The system allows you to view the source text and also the position within that text of the matching words and phrases.
- The overall percentage of matched text is displayed at the top of the report.
- You can choose whether or not to include/exclude quotations and bibliography in the comparison.
Note: The software does not compare any images or computer code in the student’s work. JISC has review of software for source code plagiarism detection.