Interpreting Turnitin reports

January 9, 2017

The percentage indicates the amount of text in your essay that directly matches text in the Turnitin database. Thus, a long reference list, a lot of quotes, and the repetition of common phrases can result in a high percentage of matches.  If the matches are taken from an outside source and have not been referenced then this could indicate a problem. To avoid this, make sure you include in-text citations (or footnotes) for direct quotes and paraphrased information and include a full reference list for all sources cited in the assignment.


For information on interpreting Turnitin reports see p. 4 of and for more about what the percentages mean see

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