Similarity Reports

WISEflow supports integration with two different text similarity tools commonly used at educational institutions; Turnitin and Ouriginal (formerly Urkund).

When text similarity is enabled on the flow, WISEflow sends submissions to the respective services and subsequently displays the returned matching percentage in the marking tool.

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Click on the percentage value to open the similarity report.

Interpreting Ouriginal (Urkund) Reports

Analysis Overview

The image below shows the landing page of the Ouriginal report.

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  1. An overview of the page structure and where matches have been identified. Click on each coloured block to find out more about the corresponding finding.
  2. Tools for interacting with the report
    • The circular arrow resets the report in the event that you have chosen to exclude sources from the analysis
    • The down-pointing arrow allows you to download a PDF copy of the report
    • The question mark opens a tour of the report
  3. An overview of the findings in the report. Click on either the Matching text or Warnings links to go to the Findings tab, or View the entire document to go to the Entire Document tab.
  4. A summary of the similarity analysis showing the score for the current document and the average score across all reports set by the institution.
  5. Further details about the submission document, including its ID, when it was submitted and how many words are in the document.

Progressing to either matching text or view entire document takes you into the report detail, where three tabs are available:

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Findings

The findings tab displays a side-by-side view of the text in the submitted document and its corresponding source match and is designed to provide a quick means of scrolling through the matches without needing to search the entire document. There are two types of incidents highlighted:

  • Matching text: Blocks of text where a match has been found in another source
  • Warnings: An indication of suspicious items or activity in the document. For example, poor PDF formatting, unusually long words or special characters

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  1. Switch between findings, warnings or removed findings
  2. Options to highlight quotes, brackets and detailed text differences between the submitted document and the source. Using the latter, words that have been substituted from the original source are highlighted in yellow and removed words are highlighted in red.
  3. Shows the relevant chunk of text from the submitted document along with an option to exclude from the analysis if desired.
  4. Shows the matching source (or details of the warning). The percentage value is the similarity score for this specific portion of text. Information about the source is also presented in the bottom portion of the box, including which type of source has been matched (W = Website, SA = School Assignment, J = Journal)

You can cycle back and forward through the matches using the next and previous keys at the bottom of the page.

Sources

The sources tab shows a summary of the sources that Ouriginal has matched in the submitted document.

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  1. Source type key. W = Material originates from a website, SA = Material originates from a previous student submission, J = Material originates from a journal or other academic source.
  2. The list of sources matched in the document. The percentage value indicates the similarity score and the matching text column shows the number of matches found in the submission. You can also see the location of the matches in the submission displayed in the bar.
  3. Missing source submission. If you suspect that a particular source has been missed from the analysis you can insert the URL here to send an indexing request to Ouriginal.

Entire Document

The entire document tab displays the full document with source matches highlighted in situ.

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Matching text and warning events are highlighted in the text and with an icon in the margin. Click the icon to view the matched text against the original source.

Conflict Copies

The analysis overview page may on occasion display a message that it has detected a conflicting copy of the submission. This could be as a result of a situation where a student has been required to re-submit a document that has already been analysed by the Ouriginal service. The resulting report would therefore display matches against the originally submitted document and show an abnormally high similarity score.

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To exclude the originally submitted copy from the analysis, simply deselect the conflicting copies option.

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Interpreting Turnitin Reports

The image below shows the landing page of the Turnitin report.

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  1. The document viewer displaying the entire submitted document with similarity events and flags highlighted in the text
  2. Help menu: view the submission metadata, access the help centre or initiate a Turnitin tour
  3. Report settings: Options for what to include in the analysis
  4. Event overview: An overview of the sources matched or flags detected
  5. Similarity/flag toggle: Choose whether to view sources matched or flags detected in the event overview

The Source View

The source view displays the details of the matched source. Click any source reference in the overview list to view further details about that source. Turnitin will also jump to the location it has matched the source in the student's submission.

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  1. Option to exclude this source from the analysis
  2. The proportion of the total similarity score attributed to this source
  3. Link to the source
  4. A wider extract from the source

Excluding the source prompts Turnitin to re-run the analysis and produces a new result

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Report Settings

Several options are available to configure both which parts of the submission to include in the analysis and which repositories the submission should be compared against.

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