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This page contains annotated screenshots and information about collecting your marks and feedback from Turnitin.

To enlarge images, click them.

On this page:

Step 1 - find your mark and feedback

Assessment feedback returned to you via Moodle will be available all in one place, from the Moodle MyFeedback report

To access the report:

  • Hover over your name (top right of page) to activate a menu.
  • Click on MyFeedback.

Selecting the View feedback link will take you to the Feedback Studio interface, explained in Step 2 below.

If you select the title of the assignment, you will be taken to another page that showcases additional information (including your Similarity Score): 

  1. The Post Date is the date on which feedback becomes available.
  2. There may be a Similarity score and Originality Report
  3. Grade - you may see a numeric mark.
  4. To view feedback, click the title of your submission.

A word about your Similarity score. A high score doesn't necessarily mean plagiarism - it might mean that you have quoted many sources, or that your subject has many well-used phrases. Although these aren't themselves plagiarism or misconduct, they may need your attention to improve your academic writing. For more guidance see the Plagiarism and Academic Writing Guidance on Moodle. There you can also obtain a confidential Originality Report which unpacks your Similarity score and visualises it for you as matches from different sources.

Depending on the settings chosen by staff, you may be able to make changes and submit amended work in advance of the assignment's Due Date. If so, be aware that Turnitin lets students obtain one single Originality Report in a 24 hour period.

Step 2 - engage with your feedback

Students tell us they want more feedback on their work. Accordingly assessors are putting increasing amounts of time into giving feedback, and Turnitin lets them know whether or not a student has accessed it. Please do engage with your feedback - read it, act on it, or raise it in discussions with your tutor.  

Your marked paper will look a bit like the numbered screenshot below. It may have different combinations of comments and feedback - not all assessors will use all of these. Assessors will let you know what to look out for here.

It may include:

  1. Annotation on your text.
  2. Comment linked to a criterion.
  3. Comment.
  4. Quickmark comment (pre-existing frequently-made comment).
  5. Details of your submission (dates submitted and graded, number of comments, &c).
  6. Download your work with or without comments, download a submission receipt.
  7. View Originality Report (where used).
  8. View feedback.
  9. Summary comments.
  10. The criteria (where used).
  11. A numeric mark (where used).

If your assessor is using a Rubric to show assessment criteria, clicking the View Rubric button (see 10. above) will display something like the screenshot below:

  1. Criteria.
  2. Levels of achievement for each criterion.
  3. Your level displays shaded.
  4. Comments linked to each criterion.
  5. If the rubric is for feedback only i.e is not generating a numeric mark.

Step 3 - interpret your Originality Report (if used)

In the Originality Report you can see the work you submitted with colour-coded sections highlighting where Turnitin has identified a match from another source. The details of the match (e.g. the website, journal or student essay) are shown on the right.
There are a number of things to be aware of when interpreting your Originality Report. 

  • Turnitin doesn't 'detect plagiarism', and the score that you receive and any matches found in the report are not the same thing as plagiarism. For example, if you have included quotes in your document, these may show up as matching the original sources and count towards your Similarity score. However, as long as you've included enough of your own original thoughts and writing, and have appropriately cited and referenced others' work that you have used, this is valid academic writing. 
  • If your document includes references, it is very common for them to show as matches and count towards your unoriginality score, simply because another source has used the same reference as you. Again, simply having references that are the same as those used by other sources does not indicate plagiarism. 
  • There is no particular Similarity score to aim for. A high score does not necessarily indicate plagiarism and a low score does not necessarily indicate original work. Do not try to aim for the lowest score possible, instead aim to make sure that you are using your sources appropriately and giving credit to others whose work you use.  
  • Some short pieces of text (a few words) may show as matches just because they are particularly well-used or common-sense terms in your subject. This isn't plagiarism - but if you think that it may be a cliche or hackneyed term with no particular disciplinary relevance, then try to rewrite using fresher language.

If you do find matches in your document: 

  • Where you have copied text from a source word-for-word, ensure you are using quotation marks around the copied text and that the source is correctly referenced. 
  • Where you are paraphrasing from a source, ensure that you haven't copied the text word-for-word and that the source is correctly referenced.


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