What Do Colors Mean in Turnitin?

There are two types of colors you’ll see in Turnitin.

Paper text: The submitted paper’s text is in its original formatting. Matching text is highlighted in a color that corresponds to the matching source listed on the right side of the Similarity Report. This is so that the source can be more easily identified

Report icon: The color of the report icon indicates the Similarity Index of the paper, based on the amount of matching or similar text that was uncovered. The percentage range is 0% to 100% The possible similarity indices are:


To summarize the above image

  • Blue – No matching text (Less than 20 words match the Turnitin Database)
  • Green – One word to 24% matching text
  • Yellow – 25-49% matching text
  • Orange – 50-74% matching text
  • Red -75-100% matching text

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