Turnitin Feedback Studio

Check for similarity and provide on page feedback

Viewing the Turnitin Similarity Report

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Turnitin Feedback Studio is a tool that can be used to improve writing skills, by identifying instances of unintentional plagiarism. Feedback Studio compares submitted work to an extensive database including web pages, journals, articles, and other student submissions. Access the Similarity Report within VU Collaborate to view highlighted matched text, identified sources, and an overall similarity percentage score. This report shows the matched text, it does not detect plagiarism. 


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Accessing Similarity Reports

  1. In your unit space on the navbar, select Assessments, then Dropbox.
    On the navbar select assessment then dropbox
  2. Dropboxes with Turnitin enabled will show an Originality Check icon (1), select the Dropbox name (2), to view the submissions list.
    assessment dropbox and turnitin
  3. Student submissions will be listed with a submission status or similarity score for documents that can generate a report.
  4. Select the Similarity Score (1) to access the report in Feedback Studio.
    student submissions with similarity score

File requirements to generate a similarity report:

  • File size: Minimum of 20 words, less than 100MB and less than 800 pages.
  • File types: Microsoft Word (DOC and DOCX), Corel WordPerfect, HTML, Adobe PostScript, Plain text (TXT), Rich Text Format (RTF), Portable Document Format (PDF), OpenOffice (ODT), Hangul (HWP), PowerPoint (PPT) and, Google Docs via Google Drive.

See File Requirements, by Turnitin.

Submission status

  • In-Progress - indicates Turnitin is currently processing the assessment.
    The first three submissions should be created within minutes (although may take longer), submissions after this will take 24 hours to be created.
  • Submit file icon Submit File - If Turnitin is enabled after submissions have been received, reports will not be automatically generated. Instead, a submit file icon will be displayed, select the icon to submit the file to Turnitin.
    submit submission to turnitin icon

Similarity score ranges:

  • Blue: No matching text
  • Green: One word to 24% matching text
  • Yellow: 25-49% matching text
  • Orange: 50-74% matching text
  • Red: 75-100% matching text

Similarity Score is the percentage of the submission content that matches to source content.

See Similarity score ranges, by Turnitin.

Viewing the Similarity Reports

Using Feedback Studio

Feedback Studio displays the similarity report, with highlighted matches. Take some time to become familiar with the interface:

  • Navigate between pages, by expanding the thumbnail bar (1), and between submissions (2) via the arrows and dropdown list.
  • Access Turnitin help guides (3).
  • Explore the toolbar (4) - Layers, Feedback layer (if enabled), Similarity layer, Download & Submission Information, and AI.
  • View the word count (5) and resize (6) the submission view.

See Using Feedback Studio, Instructor guide, by Turnitin to discover more.

feedback studio similarity report 

Viewing Similarity Matches

Similarity Layer

similarity layer (1) Flags for review, (2) Match Overview, (3) All Sources, (4) Filters and Settings, (5) Exclude Sources and (6) Document Details

Match Overview

  • Select the Similarity Score (1) on the toolbar to display the Match Overview panel. Source matches will be listed in descending order of percentage match.

view match overview

View source details and matches from the same source

  • Match Overview: select a source (1), then arrows (2), to navigate between matches from the same source.
  • On page: select a match number (3), then in the source box select arrows (4), to navigate between matches from the same source.

See Viewing Similarity Matches, instructor guide by Turnitin.

view match details

View Source Text

  • Select the title (1) in the source box to navigate to the source if available.
  • Select the book icon (2) to view the full source text in the side panel. Select the close icon (3) to close the panel.

See Viewing Similarity Matches, instructor guide by Turnitin.

view full source

View Match Breakdown and Exclude Sources

  • Select the View Match Breakdown arrow (1), to view additional source locations.
  • Optionally select Exclude Sources (2), tick to select (3), then Exclude (4).
  • Select the Return to Match Overview arrow (5) before the Match Breakdown header, to return to the match list.

view match breakdown and exclude 


Filters, Settings, and Exclusions

Select the Filter icon on the toolbar, to apply exclusion filters (matches, quotes, bibliography and more)  see Excluding small matches and Excluding quotes and the bibliography, instructor guides by Turnitin.

view filters and settings

File information

 Select the Document Details icon on the toolbar, to view file meta-data information, see Viewing document details, instructor guide by Turnitin to learn more.




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