Dear get a lower similarity report. In addition

Dear Lyddia

I would like some clarification on the similarity report
from Turnitin. Turnitin is a tool to identify potential areas of plagiarism. It
is not a plagiarism checker, according to Turnitin themselves. “The matching
text found is not an assessment of whether work has or has not been
plagiarized. Originality Reports can help tutors to locate potential sources of
plagiarism. The decision to deem any work plagiarized should be made only after
careful examination of both the submitted paper and the suspect sources”
(Turnitin, 2013)

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To simply say that a 10% similarity is deemed as plagiarized
would be trivial and prejudicial. Especially considering the work we are
writing is a literature review of an article which has been cited 40,000 times.
It is extremely likely we will have similar sentences. Furthermore just writing
our laureates name, Elinor Ostrom, would count towards the similarity rate and
any team who fails to continuously reference her would get a lower similarity
report. In addition any quotes put in the text will obviously also count
towards the similarity report. The title page will also count towards this
percentage as every team has a nearly identical title page, as well as common phrasing
will be counted. We have received no indication that these factors are
accounted for.

Furthermore one can have a 5% similarity rating and still
have plagiarized their paper. They could have a block of text accounting for
the 5% similarity. Whilst a paper with a 20% similarity rating has over 40
sources with <1% similarity. Which is very unlikely to be plagiarized as it would take an immense amount of effort to copy 5 words per paper. Turnitin itself recommends to remove such sources with such a small similarity rating. Turnitin uses four markbands to check for plagiarism. 0 words -24% being green, 25%-49% being yellow, 50%-74% being orange, and 75%-100% being red. Turnitin even makes the conservative  assumption that under 15% no plagiarism has occurred (Turnitin,2013). I have not personally seen the similarity report for our paper since I was not the one to turn it in. However from past papers I have seen that all of the texts with which I had a similarity score I had not seen any of them. Yet still received a fairly high similarity score overall, whilst obviously nothing was plagiarized as I had seen none of those sources.   Now what I hope to receive is some kind of assurance that the university actually looks at each instance of potential plagiarism more in depth than just 10% limit on similarity. And that they use Turnitin to identify potential plagiarism and look at both papers to see if actual plagiarism was committed.   To ask us to change our paper if we are above the 10% limit even though we did not commit plagiarism is absurd. How can we check through thousands and thousands of papers to make sure we do not have similar phrasing or sentences. The only way we can be fairly sure that our paper will have a lower similarity score is if our sentence structure is illogical, so that it is unlikely to have been written elsewhere.   This email itself which I have sent you would not pass the 10% similarity rating. A similarity check showed this email to contain 17% similarity. So clearly a percentage similarity rating is not the main or only tool I hope will dictate whether my paper is considered plagiarized and whether we would receive a 0.   I am aware that you are not in charge of the criteria for this course, but I would just like to know if the University will take more into account than just the similarity score.   If you are unable to provide this assurance to me that the university will be more diligent, I would like to ask you whom I can contact about the way plagiarism is being measured for this course.   Thank you in advance,   -Youri Lempers


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