Turnitin SimCheck in Engage Activities

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Turnitin SimCheck is a plagiarism prevention tool that scans student submissions to identify plagiarism or incorrectly cited text. Submissions are compared against various sources to generate a similarity report where matched text is highlighted along with information about the matching source. It is possible for SimCheck to be enabled on Engage forums or assignments.

This document illustrates how students can access and interact with SimCheck after submitting to a SimCheck-enabled Engage activity.

Accessing the Similarity Report

Note: your instructor has the option to disable student access to similarity reports for an activity. If you do not see a similarity score after submitting to a SimCheck-enabled activity, your instructor has likely disabled student access.

Assignments

  1. Begin submitting your assignment as normal. If you need help, see Submitting an Assignment.

    If this is your first time submitting to a SimCheck-enabled activity, you will be asked to accept the Turnitin End User License Agreement (EULA).

    assignment submission page with Turnitin EULA highlighted

    Future SimCheck-enabled assignments will now display a message that you have already accepted the Turnitin EULA.

    assignment page with You have already accepted the latest Turnitin EULA text highlighted
  2. Once you have submitted your file, the assignment page will display a Turnitin icon (a piece of paper with a red arrow circling it) and the word Queued or Pending under your file link. This indicates your submission is awaiting processing by SimCheck.

    Processing time is typically between 5-15 minutes but may be longer depending on file size and Turnitin server status.

    assignment page with file link highlighted. The Turnitin icon and the word Queued appear beneath the file link.
  3. After some time, you can reload the assignment page to see that the SimCheck similarity report has been generated.

    A similarity score will appear next to the Turnitin icon under your file submission. Click the similarity score percentage to open your similarity report. Do not click your file name, for this will download the original file instead.

    Turnitin icon and similarity score percentage is highlighted underneath the file link

Forums

  1. Begin to create a forum post as normal. If you need help, see Creating a Forum Post.

    If this is your first time submitting to a SimCheck-enabled activity, you must click the Advanced option when creating your post to accept the Turnitin End User License Agreement (EULA).

    Add a forum post page with the Advanced link highlighted. Advanced link appears after the Cancel button beneath the forum post text box.
    Add a forum post page with Turnitin EULA highlighted beneath the forum title.
  2. Once you have submitted your forum post, a Turnitin icon (a piece of paper with a red arrow circling it) and the word Queued or Pending will appear below your forum text. This indicates your post is awaiting processing by SimCheck.

    Processing time is typically between 5-15 minutes but may be longer depending on file size and Turnitin server status.

    Forum post with Turnitin icon and the word Queued highlighted beneath the post text.
  3. After some time, you can reload your forum post to see that the SimCheck similarity report has been generated.

    A similarity score will appear next to the Turnitin icon under your post. Click the similarity score percentage to open your similarity report.

    Forum post with Turnitin icon and similarity score percentage highlighted beneath the forum text.
  4. If your forum post includes a file attachment, a separate similarity score percentage will be generated for it. Click the similarity score percentage under the file attachment to open your similarity report. Do not click your file name, for this will download the original file instead.

    Forum post with Turnitin icon and similarity score percentage highlighted beneath the forum text and the file attachment link.

Using the Similarity Report

  1. The similarity report displays your submission on the left and a Sources Panel on the right. Matched text will be highlighted on your submission. Clicking matched text will open the corresponding entry in the Sources Panel.

    Full screen view of Turnitin SimCheck similarity report
  2. The Sources Panel offers two views. Use the dropdown arrow at the top of the sources panel to switch between them.

    1. Sources overview: displays a list of the top sources found in the document. Overlapping sources will not be displayed.

    2. All sources: displays a list of every source found in the document. Includes overlapping sources, so the total percentage match will appear to be higher than your similarity score.

    Closeup of top of sources panel with source option drop-down expanded.
  3. Click a source to view details:

    1. Number of matches from the source. Click the arrows to browse through additional matches.

    2. Link to source (internet sources only)

    3. Excerpt of source text. The matched text is highlighted. This will not be available for matches with other student papers.

    4. View Full Text . This will not be available for matches with other student papers.

    5. Exclude Source button. Click this to see the effect of excluding the source from your similarity report.

    Source details with components labeled
  4. You may explore your similarity report freely. Any changes you make will not be saved in your instructor's view.

    Similarity report with yellow bar across the top. Text in yellow bar reads Setting changes will not be saved.