Viewing and interpreting your report

Submitting your document using the Self-check

Step 1. Wait for the report

After you have uploaded a file to one of self-check pages, the file will be sent to Turnitin within 10 minutes. To check if the report has been returned reload the page by clicking on the self-check page name in the crumb trail at the top of the page.

Image of the crumb trail

Step 2. Open the report 

After a report has been generated the score will display on the page next to the file name. Click on the score to access the report.

Image showing the similarity link on the assignment submission page


Viewing and interpreting the report


The self check does not check against student submissions including your previous submissions uploaded to the self-check or your previous files submitted for marking or other student submissions. The self-check only checks against the public Internet, online publications and databases that Turnitin has access to. Your final submission for marking will be checked against other student submissions. This is likely to result in a lower score for the self-check. 


Your originality report will appear as a regular web page. 

Document viewer


The report has three major components, the match overview, the submitted document with matched text highlighted and the identified sources of the matched text.

1. Match overview

The match overview contains the overall similarity index represented by a percentage figure (this is the overall percentage of text in the originally submitted file that has been found to match other sources).

Similarity score

2. The submitted file

Your submitted file appears in the left-hand side of the window. Each piece of text that has been found in another source is numbered and colour coded. Any text that has not been matched with another source will appear as regular black text.

View of matched text

3. Matched sources

A list of the identified sources appears on the right-hand side of the window. They are colour coded to align with the coding in your file. A URL for the origin of each source is provided, as is the percentage of the total submitted file that has been found in that single source. Publicly available sources such as online databases, online journals and other Internet sources can be accessed by clicking on the coloured URL provided. Sources are listed in descending order of the percentage.

Sources of matched text - Document Viewer


Note: Sources indicated in the right-hand panel are the first instance of the matched text which Turnitin comes across, not necessarily the original source. Turnitin displays the first match that it finds, so it is possible that if you have used material from one source that the software will display a match from another source that contains the same text.

Last modified: Thursday, 5 September 2019, 11:05 AM