Turnitin Similarity is a plagiarism detection tool. It generates reports after checking students’ assignment submissions against institutional and online databases. If there are instances where a student's writing is similar to, or matches against, any of the sources, Turnitin will highlight it for instructors or TAs to review. Turnitin also flags anomalies such as hidden text and replaced characters.

The Similarity Score itself should not solely be used to determine the academic integrity of a student’s paper. Instead, consider the use of quotations, citations and bibliographic material when reviewing the score. For more information, please visit Interpreting the Similarity Score.

If you suspect plagiarism, please refer to UNM Policy in the Faculty Handbook and Pathfinder for the appropriate course of action.

A video of a prior  instructor training session is now available to watch.

Note: Legacy submissions from SafeAssign, Blackboard’s plagiarism detection tool (in use at UNM August 2015 – May 2022), were imported in the UNM Turnitin institutional database.