Understand Similarity Scores
and how to use them to ensure you've cited appropriately and not plagiarized.
- Use your own words and paraphrase where you can.
- If you copy information from another source, it must be properly cited and referenced using APA @ Conestoga formatting. See Conestoga's APA Website for guidance.
- Do not copy information and change every other word (i.e. do not use software that changes words for you). It is better to copy the entire sentence or paragraph in quotation marks (inverted commas) and properly cite and reference the information.
- Your professor uses Turnitin similarity scores to determine whether students have properly cited and referenced their sources.
- Be sure you understand the assignment expectations. If your professor is asking you to put things into your own words, be sure to paraphrase. But remember…
- You must cite and reference information you paraphrase.
What is a Turnitin Similarity Score?
- Turnitin compares your paper to millions of other student papers, websites, and online sources, and then generates a Similarity Report.
- The Similarity Report shows students where their work matches other work (i.e. like the sources mentioned above).
- If you notice that some of your assignment matches another source, you must be sure those portions are properly paraphrased (if appropriate), cited, and referenced.
- Remember, the similarity score does not necessarily mean that that portion of your paper is plagiarized. If your work is properly paraphrased, cited, and referenced, your work is not plagiarized.
- Remember, there exists no magic number for similarity scores!
Consider These Examples from a Turnitin Similarity Score:
For Help With Citing & Referencing, visit Conestoga’s APA Website.