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.

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

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What do originality reports check and search?

What sources do originality reports check? 
All pages accessible by Google Search and Google Books. If you have a G Suite Enterprise for Education account, the student’s file is also compared to other student work submitted in your domain.
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 schools? If so, can those teachers see my students’ assignments?
No. We don’t store student work in a repository to check against external schools. No other teacher 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 school. 
Does Google keep a copy of student submissions and originality reports?

No. But teachers or the school can copy student submissions to the school's Google Drive, which contains data owned and controlled by the school.

Originality reports are automatically deleted after 45 days.

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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