After submitting a paper, Turnitin may take up to 30 minutes to generate a report. When you see a number next to the assignment, click it to open the originality report.
How to Interpret the Similarity Score
Whether you are using Turnitin as an educational tool or to check for plagiarism, it is imperative to understand how to interpret the results. The similarity number is NOT necessarily a percentage of plagiarized material. It may all be quoted and cited correctly. All this number does is indicate how much of the paper matched an outside source.
How to Interpret the Report
Regardless of the similarity index, you will need to analyze the report to determine whether the student plagiarized. If the reference list is very long, you can exclude it as well as short phrases to bring the number down. Below the similarity number will be all the sources to which parts of the paper matched. There is a number next to each which tells you how much of the paper came from that source.
Some notes about the originality report:
For an in-depth look into the different features, please watch the three short videos in the right hand column.