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How do I view VeriCite reports for student submissions as an instructor?

Go to Assignments.

Go to Assignments.

Select the Assignment tool from the Tool Menu of your site.

Click on Grade.

Select the Grade link for the assignment submission reports you want to view.

View list of submissions.

You will see a list of the students in the class, and for those with VeriCite reports, a colored flag will appear in the VeriCite Plagiarism Service column. Flags are color-coded to indicate the level of plagiarism (i.e. matching text) detected.

  • Blue: 0%
  • Green: 1-24%
  • Yellow: 25-49%
  • Orange: 50-74%
  • Red: 75-100%

The type of submission will be shown next to each report flag. Inline submissions will be indicated as such, and file attachments will display the filename of the attachment. For students with multiple submissions on an assignment, a unique report will be generated for each inline and/or file submitted as part of the assignment.

Note: Text within quotation marks is excluded from the matching text.

Click on a flag to view the report.

Click on a flag to view the report.

Note: Mousing over the flag will display the report score.

The report progress indicator will appear.

Each time a user views a report, the report is dynamically generated. The loading progress indicator informs the user of the repositories being scanned and visually indicates how the report is being compiled.

Note: When a paper is submitted, VeriCite takes the top most advanced sentences from the paper and submit them to an external search engine. If you see a "Pending external search engine" indicator, this means that the search results have not yet returned and you will need to view the report again later to see all of the results. Typically, this only happens the first time a report is viewed.

Report Navigation.

There are several ways to navigation throughout the report.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Link to a source web page.

If the matching source is from a web site, 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.

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.

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.

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.

Ignoring a matching source.

If you would like to exclude any of the matching sources from the report:

  1. Click on the down arrow for the source and select Ignore.
  2. You will be prompted to confirm this action. Click OK to continue.

This will remove that source from consideration and recalculate the plagiarism score for the report.

Re-including an ignored source.

To re-include a paper, select Top Matches, and then click on the Re-Include Paper link.

Click Include to select the item you would like to re-include.

Click Include to select the item you would like to re-include.

When you select to re-include papers, you will see a list of any ignored items. Notice that the title of the item, as well as the type of match (e.g. Internet or Student) is also shown. If one of the matches is a student match, the name of the student and the site (if applicable) will also be shown.

Annotating student submissions.

Highlight the section of the submission text that you would like to annotate, and then click on the Edit icon that appears.

Enter your comments and click Save.

Enter your comments or annotations into the text box provided. Then click Save to save the comment.

Note: Annotated sections of text will appear highlighted in blue in the report.

Click store comment and Save. (Optional)

If you would like to store your comment for later use, you may check the store comment box and enter a title for the annotation. Then, click Save to store the comment as well as save it within the report.

Select stored comments. (Optional)

If you would like to use a stored comment, click on select stored comment and choose from the list of available annotations.

Note: Clicking on the red X next to a stored comment will delete that comment from your list of stored items.

Click exclude selected text from report and Save. (Optional)

If you would like to ignore the highlighted text, check the box next to exclude selected text from report and then click Save.

Note: Excluded sections of text will appear in gray, italic text in the report after saving.

Editing existing comments. (Optional)

If you would like to edit an existing comment, mouse over the section of highlighted text and click on the Edit pencil icon in the comment text bubble.

Deleting comments. (Optional)

If you would like to delete an existing comment, mouse over the highlighted text and then click the Delete X icon in the comment text bubble.

Note: Take care when deleting comments! Deleted comments are completely removed from the report.

To print or save the report to your computer, click the print icon to the left of the paper title within the report.

The report will display in a printer-friendly format which can either be printed or saved as PDF.

To save the original paper submission to your computer, click the save icon to the left of the print icon within the report.

Note: The icon for saving the original file will only display if the submission was uploaded as file. If it was submitted using the copy and paste method of entering text, this icon will not display.

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.