How an originality report is created

If you turn on originality reports for an assignment, the reports use Google Search to compare a student’s Google Docs file against webpages and books on the internet. The report links to detected sources and flags uncited text. 

Originality reports are only available for G Suite for Education accounts set to English, French, Indonesian, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish, and Swedish.

What do originality reports check and search?

What sources do originality reports check?
All pages accessible by Google Search and Google Books.
Do originality reports search Google Scholar?

No. Google Scholar isn’t included in an originality search. However, originality reports search scholarly journals that are available on Google Search.

We know this search capability is an important feature request.

Do originality reports check against external institutions? If so, can those instructors see my students’ assignments?
No. We don’t store student work in a repository to check against external institutions. No other instructor can see your students’ assignments.
Do originality reports run by students show student-to-student matches?
No. Originality reports run by the student don’t compare against other student submissions in the institution. 
Does Google keep a copy of student submissions and originality reports?
No. But instructors or the institution may copy student submissions to the institution’s Google Drive, which contains data owned and controlled by the institution. 
Originality reports are automatically deleted after 45 days.

Understanding the originality report

What are flagged passages?
The report flags passages that are similar to text found on a webpage that the student didn’t cite or quote. The flagged passage shows the text from the external source and a link to the webpage. 
What are cited or quoted passages?
Cited and quoted passages are excerpts of text that are similar to text found on a webpage that were cited or quoted by the student.
Can this tool determine correct citations for MLA/APA? 
No. Originality reports don’t evaluate citation formatting or verify the source of the text. The instructor must determine whether content was correctly cited.
Will sources be grouped, tiered, or coded so I can judge the severity of the plagiarism? 
No. The instructor must determine the severity of the flagged passages. 

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