Originality Reports in Google Classroom

When enabled in Google Classroom, Originality reports let instructors and students check assignments containing Google Docs or Slides files for proper citations and potential plagiarism against web pages and online books on the Internet. You can also check student work against previous assignments in your domain by enabling the Student Matches feature. In addition, instructors and students can run and view Originality reports.

Regardless of the Google Workspace Education version, originality reports are available to everyone. Here are the differences:

  • Teaching and Learning Upgrade and Education Plus:
    • Teachers can use Originality reports an unlimited number of times - for example, every assignment in every class.
    • Admins can enable student-to-student matches where teachers can compare student work to other student work within the school. Matches happen via an in-domain repository in a shared drive named Originality Corpus.
  • Education Fundamentals and Education Standard:
    • Only get 5 Originality assignments per class.

In this article, you will learn:

How Originality reports work
Viewing Originality reports as instructor or student
Originality report setup
Turnitin vs. Originality Reports

How Originality Reports Work

When you or a student runs and then views the Originality report on an assignment where Originality reports are enabled, passages needing citations or that match previous student work are highlighted. Students can review the passages, revise their work to address the flagged passages, and rerun the report before submitting the assignment.

Caution: Students get three tries at running the report.

Here’s how:

  • Admin:
    • Must enable or turn on Originality reports.
    • Can enable school matches if using Teaching and Learning Upgrade and Education Plus.
  • Teachers:
    • Create assignments in Google Classroom.
    • Check the Check plagiarism (Originality) checkbox at the bottom of the right panel. 
    • Post the assignment.
  • Students:
    • Open, work on the assignment, then close the assignment.
    • Click Run in the right panel - Originality reports block.

      Note: Students can run the Originality report on an assignment three times. Here they are notified of the remaining runs available.

    • Click the View originality report link in the right panel.
    • When satisfied with the assignment, click Turn in.
  • Teachers:
    • In Google Classroom, open the submitted assignment.
    • Below the submitted document, click the # flagged passages link to open the Originality report. 

Viewing Originality Reports as Instructor or Student

Once open, the student view and teacher video of the Originality report look the same.


In the Originality report:

  • Flagged passages automatically show as a count, but can also be viewed as a percentage of the total document the passages take up.
  • Sliding the toggle to ON can include cited or quoted passages in the matches count/%.
    To view details on a passage, click on the passage in the document or a source in the right panel.
  • Click the Print icon at the top right to print or save to PDF.
  • Students see an Edit button at the bottom to go back and revise their document.

Originality Report Setup

Turn on originality reports
Turn on school matches for originality reports in Classroom
Powerup Originality Reports with School Matches

Turnitin vs. Originality Reports

Turnitin vs. Originality Reports for K12 1-Sheet
Turnitin vs. Originality Reports for Higher Education 1-Sheet


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