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Turnitin2 for Students: User Guides, Manuals & Tutorials View the Originality Report

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A step by step guide on how to use Turnitin2 & its features:the Originality & GradeMark Reports

Subjects: Turnitin Guides

Access the Originality Report

Instructors have the option of allowing students to view the Originality Report. If your instructor has enabled this option, then the Originality Report for your 1st attempt to submission is usually created within 5 to 10 minutes of submission. That is for an average paper of 500 to 1000 words. Longer papers will take a little more time.

If the Originality Report is Not Available, then you should contact your instructor regarding this matter.

1. Go to your assignment’s inbox

2. Click on the similarity percentage to open your originality report

Interpret the Originality Report (Document Viewer interface)

Document Viewer Interface


  • Turnitin does not tell Instructors whether a paper has or has not been plagiarized.  Originality Reports are just useful tools to help instructors locate potential sources of plagiarism, or text which may have been incorrectly cited. 
  • The percentage indicates the overall similarity based on how much matching text was found.  The highlighted text in your document is color coded and numbered to match the sources on the right. 

                       * 0% (a valid result)--Blue icon

                       * 1-24%--Green icon

                       * 25-49%--Yellow icon

                       * 50-74%--Orange icon

                       * 75-100%--Red icon

  • The Match Overview is the default viewing mode for Originality Reports, where you can find a list of sources that have the greatest matches with the submitted paper on the right sidebar, each matching text, that is highlighted & numbered on the left, is referred to on the Match Overview box on the right sidebar.

  • Click on each number on the submitted text to view a pop up with the original text in a black colour while the one written in red is the submitted text.



Print the Originality Report (PDF version)

While viewing the Originality Report in the Document Viewer interface, you can download or print it out by doing the following:

  1. Click the printer icon at the bottom left of the screen.
  2. Select "Download PDF of current view for printing."
  3. A popup window will come up, and after a short time there will be a link: "Click here to download your file.”

You can then save or open the report as a PDF file.  Once saved on your computer, you can print the Originality Report from the PDF file.

Print the Originality Report (text-only view)

While viewing the Originality Report in the Document Viewer interface, follow the directions below: 

  1. Click on the button on the bottom right of the screen "Text-Only Report". 

  3. Once in "text only" view, you will see a printer icon at the top right.  
  4. Click the printer icon and confirm that you'd like to print.