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How do I view and interpret Originality Reports through Grademark?

Instructors can access Originality Reports through Grademark, as well as know how to use Turnitin.

Video Tutorial 



Viewing an Originality Report

  1. Click Dropbox from the navigation on the top of the screen.
  2. Select the desired folder. The new screen shows the classlist and a file under each student's name.  
  3. Click the colored bar with a percentage next to the blue submitted file under the desired student's name.
Accessing Originality Report
  • The small colored bar graph adjacent to the blue assignment title will show the percentage of text that was matched to other sources.
  • WARNING: This number can be deceiving; do not use this percentage as evidence of plagiarism.

Turnitin Layout

  • The left side of the top bar (labeled "Originality", "GradeMark"and "PeerMark") of the Turnitin Document Viewer allows you to:
  1. View the Originality Report (red when selected) of the submitted paper.
  2. View the submitted paper through Grademark (blue when selected) and allows you to digitally mark the paper.
  3. View the submitted paper through Peermark (green when selected), with which students can use for peer-editting.
  • The middle of the top bar of the Turnitin Document Viewer shows the paper's file title.
  • The right side of the top bar of the Turnitin Document Viewer is the percentage of the text that was matched to other sources.  

Interpreting an Originality Report

Originality Reports are comprised of two panes.  The pane on the left contains the text from the submitted document.  The pane on the right contains the percent of text that matches another source, as well as the title of that source.  
  • It is important to remember that a text to text match does not necessarily indicate plagiarism.  See examples below for further explanation.
  • From the list in the right pane, click the number of the first text-to-text match.  The text on the left pane will automatically move to the section of the submitted assignment that was found in another source.

>Example 1

Example 1


This example above has a 8% match to a website called  The text is not cited or put into quotation marks.  If the text was broken up across a greater span of the paper instead of as one body of text, or if it wasn't matched to an educational website, this may not seem like plagiarism.  However, it is from an education website and the one large body of text is a perfect match, indicating that, because it is not cited, it is most likely is plagiarism.

>Example 2 

 Example 2
This example above has an 4% match to a website called  This text is properly sighted unlike the first example.  Even though it is taken from an education website, it is not plagiarized. 

>Example 3

Example 3

This example above shows a 4% match to a website called  This is a website designed for students to take ideas from and submit them as their own, much like  It is not a cited body of text, and, while the amount of text is minimal, it also does not flow or follow the language of the surrounding text.  

  • Note: Such small percentages should be evaluated and plagiarism should be determined based on the match's source, citations, and other criteria the instructor sees fit.  Four percent of a match may or may not always be plagiarism.

>Example 4

Example 4

The example above shows a 3% match to a website called  The body of text has some quotations, however it is not cited anywhere within the paper.  Discussing the lack of citations within the paper to the individual student when some evidence of effort to not plagiarize may be appropriate.  Again, this is a small percentage that matches to another source, however it is clearly not an original thought.

>Example 5

Example 5

The example above is a 1% match to a publication by Kennon M. Sheldon.  If you look at what the actual text says, there is no likelihood that this particular match is actually plagiarism.  Stating where information came and naming an article is not plagiarism. 

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