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Independent College Dublin: Turnitin

Turnitin Similarity Report: Staff and Students

What Turnitin does and does not do...

It is important to be aware that having some similarities in your work DOES NOT immediately mean you have committed plagiarism!  Your instructor will review the similarities and determine their nature. Learners should study this guide produced by Turnitin if they have concerns about any similarity report. Some level of similarity is to be expected in a written text, for example, many students completing their same assignment may quote from, or use information from the same sources. However, all learners should strive to reference correctly any quote, and/or external information source used. In doing so they can best ensure to avoid any instance of plagiarism. 

Turnitin does not highlight incorrect referencing and/or citation. Thus, learners are reminded to familiarise themselves with the college referencing and citation policy, consult resources on the Harvard referencing system, and visit the relevant resources and guides produced by the library to assist them in assignment planning and referencing. 

Similarity Report Colour Indicators

The colour of the report icon indicates the similarity score of the paper, based on the amount of matching or similar text that was uncovered. The percentage range is 0% to 100%. The possible similarity ranges are: 

  • 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

Turnitin for Staff

Independent staff and students may direct any Turnitin queries to, or the Exams Office, 

Staff, in particular, are encouraged to access the Turnitin Academy which offers Turnitin onboarding: a series of 10 modules seeking to assist in knowledge and skills development. Modules can be completed in their numbered order; however, not all modules are relevant to all users. For instance, as ICD lecturers access Turnitin via our Moodle platform, they do not need to complete modules M2, M3, and M4. Similarly, as Turnitin links are usually autogenerated, M5 may not be immediately relevant. However, lecturers should familiarise themselves with how to create an assignment and the importance of Start, Due, and Post dates. PLease see the below documents and remember to visit the CPD page on Moodle.