Originality Check &
Turnitin Similarity Report

Learn about the originality check and Turnitin Similarity Report

for written assignments with links to the guides below

Turnitin Similarity Report

Turnitin will be available in July 2023, replacing Ouriginal (Urkund) Dropbox - Originality Check by November 2023.
During the transition period, you may be required to use either Turnitin or Ouriginal (Urkund). 

Turnitin Feedback Studio is a tool that can be used to improve writing skills, by identifying instances of unintentional plagiarism. Turnitin compares submitted work to an extensive database including web pages, journals, articles, and other student submissions. Access the Similarity Report within VU Collaborate to view highlighted matched text, identified sources, and an overall similarity percentage score.

This guide shows how to submit to an Assessment Dropbox and then view the Turnitin Similarity report.


On this page:

  • Submitting to an Assessment Dropbox
  • Accessing the Similarity check
  • Viewing the Similarity check
  • Support and Resources


Submitting to an Assessment Dropbox

Assessment Dropboxes with Turnitin enabled will generate a similarity report. This may be in your unit space, or you can use the test folder in the Student Induction space. This guide will show how to submit to the Turnitin Check - Test Folder Dropbox, in the Student Induction space.

You can use this folder to submit and review the report before submitting to the unit dropbox.

1. In the Induction space, on the navbar, select Assessments (1), then Dropbox (2).

assessment dropbox

2. Select the Turnitin Check - Test Folder (1).

select the turnitin check dropbox

3. Dropboxes with Turnitin enabled will display a message (1) at the top of the dropbox.

4. Submit your Assessment, see Submitting to, and Viewing Feedback, in the Assessment Dropbox for more instructions. 

turnitin enabled


Access the Similarity Check

1. In the Induction space, on the navbar, select Assessments, then Dropbox.

2. Under the Completion Status column, select the submissions link (A), or View History (B).

view submission history

3. Select the Similarity Report score (1), to access the report.

select similarity score

Viewing the Similarity Check

Feedback Studio displays the similarity report, with highlighted matches. Take some time to become familiar with the interface:

  • Layers (1) toggle on/off 
  • Feedback (2) (if enabled)
  • Similarity (3)
  • Download (digital receipt) and Document Information (4)
  • Navigate between pages, by expanding the thumbnail bar (5)
  • Word count (6) and resize (7) submission view.

feedback studio

Check your matches

  • Does highlighted text require in text citation?
  • Have you used the correct referencing style?
  • Have you included the references? 

See Academic Integrity at VU to review referencing and more.



Support and Resources

Turnitin guides

Academic Integrity

Writing, Academic & Study Skils