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, Google Slides, and Microsoft Word files against webpages and books on the internet. If your administrator has enabled school matches, the report will also check against previous student submissions from your school or district.

Available languages

Originality reports are only available for Google Workspace for Education accounts that are set to:
  • Arabic
  • Chinese (simplified)
  • Chinese (traditional)
  • Danish
  • Dutch
  • English
  • Filipino
  • Finnish
  • French
  • German
  • Hebrew
  • Hindi
  • Indonesian
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Malay
  • Norwegian
  • Polish
  • Portuguese
  • Romanian
  • Spanish
  • Swedish
  • Thai
  • Ukrainian

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 other students in the class or past student submissions in the school?
If enabled by your administrator, teachers will be able to view school matches. This feature is only available for the Google Workspace for Education Plus and Teaching and Learning Upgrade editions.
School matches work by searching your domain's school matches corpus. Students' work is copied to the school matches corpus, so that it can be compared to other students' work, when all of the following is true:
  • School matches are enabled for the domain
  • Originality reports are enabled for the assignment
  • The file type is supported
Do originality reports check against external domains? If so, can those teachers see my students’ assignments?
No. We don’t store student work to check against other domains. Teachers outside your domain can't see your students' assignments.
Can originality reports determine if a student used tricky text?
Yes. We notify you if multiple scripts are present in an assignment when 6 or more non-text characters are found.

What's in an 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 teacher 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 teacher must determine the severity of the flagged passages.

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