How do I navigate a VeriCite report?

Page or scroll down in the student submission.

You may page down or up in the student submission using the arrows in the top right of the screen. You may also use the scroll bar to move up or down in the student submission report.

Interactive Highlight Legend.

The report displays matching text highlighted in the colors noted in the legend at the bottom of the report. You can click on any of the match level boxes to view the highlighted sentences for that level only. Clicking again on the same highlight level toggles the display back to the full report.

Note: Excluded text is shown grayed out and in italics.

Report Details.

If you click on the Details drop-down menu at the top of the screen, you will see the the user, submission date, assignment, context (i.e. site or course where the paper was submitted), and the matched score. It also indicates when the last external search was run.

If you would like to turn off/on the Exclude Quotes option for this individual report, you may click on Yes/No indicator next to that option and then select the desired setting from the drop-down menu.

Note: The References or Bibliography section of a paper is always excluded from the matching, regardless of whether or not quotes are excluded within the report.

If you would like to turn off/on the Exclude Self Plagiarism option for this individual report, you may click on Yes/No indicator next to that option and then select the desired setting from the drop-down menu. The default setting is Yes in order to avoid false positives. Excluding self plagiarism allows students to submit multiple copies (or drafts) of the same text within the same course without it being flagged as a match.

Note: Students submitting the same text in different courses will always be flagged as a student paper match.

Score Log.

Clicking on the Score Log in the report details will display a log of any changes to the report score. Each log entry shows the date and time, the action, the score/reference, and the user (if applicable).

When a paper is submitted, VeriCite runs the report behind the scenes to generate the score. The first score is stored in the log this way.

Every time a user views the report (student, ta, or instructor), a new report is generated. If the new report score is different from the previous score, VeriCite will update the score and log it. Scores can change based on a variety of reasons including modifying the report (exclude text or matched papers), new student submission containing matching text, the VeriCite web crawler picking up a new URL that matches, etc.

For example, if two students submit the same paper, Student 1 would get a lower score initially, when the first score is logged upon submission. When Student 2 submits, Student 2 will get a higher score based on matching text from Student 1's paper. This triggers a recalculation of Student 1's paper. Student 1's score would be updated and the new, higher score would be logged. Viewing Student 1's report after Student 2's submission will achieve the same results and the score log will show the changes to the report score for Student 1.

Top Matches.

Click on the Top Matches drop-down menu to view a list of the top matching sources.

Top match source comparison.

Click on any of the individual top matches buttons to view a source comparison for that source.

Source comparison view.

The selected source will be listed at the top of the screen, and the source text will appear in-line with the student submission, just below the matching student text and within another window on the page.

Scroll to view additional source information.

You can scroll up and down in the source frame to view or select a different highlighted section, view additional text in the matching source, and see where the matching text is located in the original document.

Jump view additional source information.

You can also use the up and down arrows to jump to other parts of the source text and see where additional matching text is located in the original document.

Click on on a matching sentence from the source, and it will jump to the location of the text in the student submission.

Return to the overall report.

Click the "back" arrow icon next to the title of the top match source to close the source inspector and return to the original report screen.

Linking to a source web page.

When inspecting a web source, you can click on the title of the source to open the web page in a new tab/window.

Note: Web page sources have a globe icon to the right of the title to indicate that they are Internet matches, as well as a small page icon to the right of the title to indicate that they are linked.

View source from Top Matches.

View source from Top Matches.

You may also view the original web source by selecting the arrow for the match in Top Matches and then clicking on the View Source link.

Student Paper Matches.

If the student submission matches another student paper, you can view the matching paper information including the paper id, date submitted, institution, paper title, user id, user name, user email, site id, site title and assignment title of the source paper.

Click on the down arrow for the matching student paper and then select Details to view the paper details.

Matching student papers within your institution.

For papers within your institution, if some of the text from one student submission matches text from a different student's submission, you may click on the source to see the matching text from the student submission in the source comparison detail.

Open Access Journal Matches.

If one of the matching sources is from an open access journal, such as the one shown as an example above, you will see a book icon to indicate that journal is the type of source.  

Viewing journal details.

Click on the arrow for the match and then select Details to view journal information, including a link to the external source URL.

Inspecting an individual sentence.

Click on highlighted text in the student submission to view the matching source information for that sentence.

The source detail will appear in-line below the selected sentence.

Viewing multiple matching sources.

If there is more than one matching source for a particular sentence, you will see an indication of the number of matches, and you may click on the arrow icon to view the next matching source.

Aggregate view for student paper matches.

If you click on a sentence that matches several other student submissions, you will see the matching student papers aggregated in the source view, including the student name and the title of the student's submission. You may select the links provided for each matching student submission to display the paper details or view report for any of the listed papers.

Click the X in the right corner of the source view to return to the overall report.

Viewing additional student reports.

If there are multiple reports available for that student, you may click on the Next or Previous buttons to go directly to the next or previous report for that student. (If there are no other reports for that student, then the Next and Previous buttons do not appear.)

Navigating in VeriCite using the keyboard.

If you prefer to navigate through VeriCite reports using the keyboard, please refer to the list below for keyboard shortcuts and their functions.

Keyboard Shortcuts:

tab: Use tab to step through the user interface.

h: Use h to jump to the header of the page. This is normally the navigation section.

b: Use b to jump to the body of the page. This is the main section, for instance the report or the list of items.

f: Use f to jump to the footer of the page. This is normally the last action elements on the page and may not always be available.

n: Use n to jump to the next button. This can be for list pagers or next report, for example.

p: Use p to jump to the previous button. This can be for list pagers or previous report, for example.

shift + n: Use shift + n to jump to the next match button for the main report.

shift + p: Use shift + p to jump to the previous match button for the main report.

alt + n: Use alt + n to jump to the next match button in the matched paper section.

alt + p: Use alt + p to jump to the previous match button in the matched paper section.

m: Use m to jump to the matched paper section in the report page.