Using Turnitin's Originality Checking enables you to monitor your dropbox folders and review submitted material for originality of content. The integration compares submissions to online databases, web pages, and papers previously submitted to the Turnitin database. The originality report displays highlighted key areas, shows a breakdown of matching sources, and provides direct links to the matching content. The file types that are compatible with Originality Checking include; MS Word, WordPerfect, PostScript, Acrobat PDF, HTML, RTF, and Plain text.
Originality reports can be reviewed from the Folder Submissions for the assignment. Once a student has submitted a file to the dropbox, the Folder Submissions area will show it as In-Progress.
The time it takes for the Originality Report to complete varies. It can be 15 minutes or longer depending on how many files have been submitted to Turnitin for the assignment as well as by their other clients. When the report is completed, the In-Progress changes to a percentage rating with a color code next to it. To see the full Originality Report, click on the color code next to the percentage.
A lower percentage rating indicates that the content is likely original and has not been copied; a higher percentage rating indicates the content is likely not original and has been copied from another source.
The percentage ranges are associated with colors:
The Originality Report is comprised of two panes. The right pane lists all of the matching sources, including the percentage of text that matches and a link to the online content. The left pane displays the submission text using colored highlights to draw attention to the matching content.
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