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Viewing Turnitin Report Results

If you enabled the Turnitin feature in your class assignment, you can view the Originality reports for your students.  Reports often take 10-20 minutes after submission to appear, but can take up to 24 hours depending on the size of the document and whether the student is a new user.


Log into Courses and click on the tab for your course.

  1. Click the Assignments tool in the left tool menu.
  2. Click Grade under the assignment title.  Note: at a glance, the "red ribbon" icon identifies an assignment configured to work with Turnitin. 
    Sakai 12 Assignments Tool Turnitin Grade Image
  3. There will be a Turnitin column in the list of student submissions.  Once the report from Turnitin is available for a corresponding student, there will be a flag icon in that column.
    For a quick overview, just look at the color of the flag icon.  It is based on the percent that the student content is similar to other sources in the Turnitin search: Red 75-100; Orange 50-75; Yellow 25-50; Green 0-25; Blue exactly 0.Sakai 12 Assignments Tool Turnitin Red Flag Icon Image
  4. The report is available to view when grading the assignment by clicking the student's name in the above step.

  5. Click the flag icon to view the Turnitin report.Sakai 12 Assignments Tool View Turnitin Report Image
  6. The report will open in a new browser window. The report consists of four tabs:
    • Flags: This tab reveals any red "flags'' that Turnitin's algorithms have noted about the textual constitution of the document.  While a flag is not necessarily an indicator of an issue, these algorithms are searching for unusual properties, including:
      • Hidden Text
        • Example: Hidden quotation marks could impact the amount of quoted material recognized in a document.
      • Suspicious Characters:
        • Example: Some characters in different alphabets look the exact same to the naked eye (e.g. Latin: o; Greek: ο). While Turnitin's service will automatically swap out such characters for the similarity report, any effort to do so will be logged here.
    • Overall Similarity: By default, this tab reveals an overall similarity percentage discerned from the source(s) with the highest degree (%) of match. Clicking the matched source tab will reveal options for viewing the full source.
    • Document Details: This tab reveals important metadata about the submission, including the author's name, submission timestamp, assignment, class, etc. This tab also reveals analyses on the font(s) and spelling(s) in the document.
    • AI: This tab opens in a new window and displays the percentage of the document that is determined, with 98% certainty, to be AI generated. Turnitin will NOT highligh content that is likely to AI generated, but rather highlights content that it can determine with a very high degree of certainty to be AI written.  View the AI Writing FAQ document to learn more about how Turnitin determines this percentage.

Additional Details

  1. In the "Overall Similarity" tab, instructors also have the option to click the "Sources Overview" dropdown to view a list of all sources that show any degree of match, including overlapping sources.  You can also click the gear icon to exclude quoted text, a bibliography section, citations, or small matches below a certain number of words as defined by you.  Be sure to click "Done" to update the current report.
  2. The icons immediately below the report allow you to zoom in, zoom out, or print/download the report to a file on your computer.

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