Turn on Originality reports

You and your students can check work for unoriginal content with Originality reports. This tool uses Google Search to compare students' Google Docs against billions of webpages and millions of books. Originality reports then displays links to the detected webpages and flags uncited text.The reports can:

  • Help students identify unintentional plagiarism and uncited content before submitting assignments.
  • Help instructors see where students used source material and if they properly documented their sources.

When you turn on Originality reports for an assignment, students can run 3 reports per assignment before submitting their work. You can’t see the reports students run. After students run their last report, they can continue to improve their work before submitting the assignment. 

After the student turns in their work, Assignments automatically runs an originality report for each submitted Docs file, visible only to you. If a student unsubmits and resubmits an assignment, Assignments runs another originality report. 

Originality reports are viewable for 45 days. After that, you can run another report by opening the student's submission from within the Assignments grading tool. 

To learn how an originality report analyzes work, go to How an originality report is created.

Note: The Originality report beta is available only for Google Docs in English. If a student uploads a Microsoft® Word® file, Assignments and Assignments LTI automatically convert it to a Google Doc and a copy of the original Word file is included in the submission. 

Turn on Originality reports

To make originality reports available to you and your students, turn on Originality reports when you create the assignment.

  1. Choose one:

  2. Click the course.
  3. Choose one:

    • If you're using Assignments outside your LMS, create an assignment.
    • If you're using Assignments LTI within your LMS, create an assignment in your LMS  and then click Open in Assignments.
  4. Next to Originality reports, check the box.

Open a report

If you turned on originality reports for an assignment, Assignments automatically runs the report when a student turns in their files. 
  1. Choose one:

  2. Click the course.
  3. Choose one:

    • If you're using Assignments outside your LMS, click the assignment and then the student's document.
    • If you're using Assignments LTI within your LMS, click the assignment and then Open in Assignments and then the student's document.

    The file opens in the grading tool.

  4. To view the report, under Files, click # of flagged passages.
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