Read an originality report on your work

This article is for students

To use Originality reports, your school must sign up for the beta program and your teacher needs to turn it on for your assignment. 

If your teacher turned on originality reports for an assignment, you can run up to 3 reports to check your work. Originality reports can help you revise your assignment before you turn it in.

Read the report

View the number of flagged passages

The number of flagged passages highlights text found in public webpages that’s not cited or quoted in your work. Originality reports detects excerpts on the web, identifies the top matched source, and flags passages you didn’t cite or quote.  

In the originality report results, you can show or hide cited or quoted text. By default, the report doesn’t show cited or quoted passages. If your work contains citations, those passages won’t be highlighted unless you turn on the Show cited or quoted passages filter.

Switch between percentage and flagged passages views

To switch views between number of flagged passages and percentage of flagged content, click Passage view Passage view or Percentage view Percentage view.

View the percentage of flagged content

The percentage of flagged content shows how much source material you used. A high percentage of flagged content suggests most of the work isn’t original, while a low percentage suggests a higher amount of original content. For example, if your report shows 5% flagged content, it means most of the work is your own.

Originality report colors

The originality report is classified by color:

  • Green—All content appears to be original. 
  • Yellow—Most content is original, but some content may be derived from the web. The score includes cited and uncited quotes and paraphrases.
  • Red—Most content appears to be unoriginal. 

Even though Originality reports flags unoriginal content, it’s up to you to decide whether content was used incorrectly.

Review individual passages

Review flagged passages

To navigate between flagged passages:

  • In the bottom-right corner, click Back Back or Next Next.
  • In the paper, click a highlighted passage.
  • Navigate with keyboard arrows.

Highlight cited or quoted passages

To highlight cited content, next to Show cited or quoted passages, click Turn on Turn on.

Edit your work

You can make changes to your document in the originality report. To edit your work, click Edit. To go back to the originality report, click View report.

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