Turnitin.com is a web-based service that checks a paper’s originality and helps to prevent plagiarism. When a paper is uploaded to Turnitin, it is compared against all the material already stored in the Turnitin database. This database includes current Internet documents, archived Internet data, periodicals, journals, publications, and previously submitted student papers. If there is text in the new submission that matches something already in the database, the matching text will be highlighted in a Turnitin Originality Report. The Originality Report indicates by percentages how similar the submission is to other work in the database. Turnitin does not detect or determine plagiarism; it just detects matching text and provides a report for review.
Interpreting the Turnitin Report
When an assessment is submitted to Taskstream, it is uploaded to the Turnitin database, and in most cases an Originality Report is generated.
WGU allows no more than 30% of a submission to be quoted or closely paraphrased from sources and no more than 10% from any individual source.
Note: The source listed on the right side of the screen may not be the source actually used in writing the paper. It may be a secondary source, which also matches the source used by the writer.
A high percentage does not necessarily mean a plagiarized paper. However, remember that WGU, in most cases, only allows a 30% overall similarity index with no more than 10% from any individual source, even if cited correctly.
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