Turnitin is giving me a high match percentage >30%, but most on the reference list Watch

C.Goodyear
Badges: 10
Rep:
?
#1
Report Thread starter 1 week ago
#1
On the Turnitin report literally every one of my references in my reference list is highlighted, the main part of my essay has a few highlighted sentences but not many.

Is there any problem here?

I don't recall ever having this issue before. Surely Turnitin is smarter than to include references in the similarity percentage.
0
reply
gjd800
Badges: 20
Rep:
?
#2
Report 1 week ago
#2
It always includes references. Would be surprised if it is a problem, we check it ourselves and use our nous. It'll be fibe
0
reply
Mr Wednesday
Badges: 14
Rep:
?
#3
Report 1 week ago
#3
(Original post by C.Goodyear)
Surely Turnitin is smarter than to include references in the similarity percentage.
No, all it does is look for and highlights similarity between what you submit and everything it has ever seen before or can find on the web - at which it is EXTREMELY good.

It is not however able to understand any meaning or context in that work, so it can't tell what's bibliography, what's "text in italics carefully placed between quotation marks" with accompanying reference [1] and a bad cut n' past job from Wikipedia with a couple of "yeets" and word tweaks thrown in to try to muddy the waters (which they dont BTW).
1
reply
StriderHort
Badges: 20
Rep:
?
#4
Report 1 week ago
#4
I imagine over a certain score it flags it for someone to take a look at, and they'll quickly see it's the references and stop caring.
0
reply
Mr Wednesday
Badges: 14
Rep:
?
#5
Report 1 week ago
#5
(Original post by StriderHort)
...... they'll quickly see it's the references and stop caring.
Nope, actually they tend to go "cool, look how well referenced this is" and give it extra marks for having a strong Biblio.
0
reply
C.Goodyear
Badges: 10
Rep:
?
#6
Report Thread starter 1 week ago
#6
(Original post by Mr Wednesday)
No, all it does is look for and highlights similarity between what you submit and everything it has ever seen before or can find on the web - at which it is EXTREMELY good.

It is not however able to understand any meaning or context in that work, so it can't tell what's bibliography, what's "text in italics carefully placed between quotation marks" with accompanying reference [1] and a bad cut n' past job from Wikipedia with a couple of "yeets" and word tweaks thrown in to try to muddy the waters (which they dont BTW).
Sorry I didn't explain it clearly, it is not the text that is the problem but the references themselves on the reference list which are all highlighted. It is quite an extensive reference list of many academic papers so it is unsurprising that these would have also been appeared on many other pieces of work submitted to Turnitin.

But a similarity percentage of over 30% is alarmingly high
0
reply
X

Quick Reply

Attached files
Write a reply...
Reply
new posts
Back
to top
Latest
My Feed

See more of what you like on
The Student Room

You can personalise what you see on TSR. Tell us a little about yourself to get started.

Personalise

University open days

  • University of Surrey
    All subjects except Veterinary Medicine and Guildford School of Acting Undergraduate
    Wed, 20 Nov '19
  • The University of Law
    Solicitor Series: Discover Your Type of Law - LPC and GDL - Birmingham campus Postgraduate
    Wed, 20 Nov '19
  • Buckinghamshire New University
    Postgraduate and professional courses Postgraduate
    Wed, 20 Nov '19

Have you made up your mind on your five uni choices? (November update)

Yes I know where I'm applying (98)
70.5%
No I haven't decided yet (26)
18.71%
Yes but I might change my mind (15)
10.79%

Watched Threads

View All