Editor’s Similarity checker in Microsoft Word – helping writers with originality and attribution

Published Jun 26 2020 08:00 AM 14.4K Views
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Writers today, both students and working professionals, have an incredible array of reference material available. It can be confusing to know when content requires attribution and how to cite it appropriately – these are learned skills that can be time-consuming to teach and difficult to remember.

 

From discussions with students and teachers, we know that writing tools today do not alert students to the need for a citation or help them add citations early enough in the writing process.

 

“There have been a lot of changes lately in how we teach plagiarism and make it more of a learning process rather than a gotcha. The fact that this can catch things as students are writing is excellent.” – High School Teacher, History

 

We are pleased to announce that Editor’s Similarity checker feature, available in Microsoft Word for Microsoft 365 EDU A3 and A5 customers, is currently available in Office preview builds. The feature will release to general availability in July.

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Powered by Bing Search, the Similarity checker can identify and help writers with originality in their writing and learn more about appropriate attribution through tools that facilitate the easy insertion of relevant citations. This can aid writers in focusing less on the mechanics of writing, and more on the content.

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Critically, the Similarity checker makes this functionality available to students while they are still in the writing process. While in the past teachers viewed plagiarism-checking software as a punitive/”gotcha” moment at submission time, teachers are trending towards empowering their students to find their authentic voice while leveraging citations as appropriate. Coupling similarity detection with citation tools presents an opportunity to provide guidance when it will be most effective to improve writing outcomes.

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“At the end of the day, no teacher wants to fail a student for plagiarizing. I think of it as my own failure when a student fails. Most teachers would feel glad to know that students have a bit more empowerment.” – High School Teacher, English

 

To learn more about Editor’s Similarity checker in Microsoft Word, visit http://aka.ms/similaritychecker.

To learn more about Microsoft Editor, visit https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-365/microsoft-editor.

 

Michael Heyns
Microsoft Word Program Manager

 

15 Comments
New Contributor

I sincerely hope it's not limited to Education customers of Microsoft 365. I, as a blogger and former graduate student, would welcome this for my writings and systems.

Microsoft

This will be available to all M365 customers

New Contributor

I have Microsoft 365 (Office 365 Family). I assume that includes me as a retail client?

Microsoft

Yes, just not in July.  It will be made available to Consumer and Enterprise later this year.

New Contributor

TY, looking forward to it.

Occasional Visitor

I suppose it only works for the English linguagem, doesn't ir?

Microsoft

To strat, but many more languages will be rolling out later this year

New Contributor

I just checked and I am not seeing this feature in Word. Should it be in place for Education yet? I have some teachers requesting the purchase of Turnitin and would love to compare this feature to what they are looking for.

Senior Member

Hello @Mike Tholfsen . Thanks for the info on this great tool. I see its possible for admin to have some control, as a connected experience.

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/deployoffice/privacy/connected-experiences#:~:text=If%20you%20are%2...

Microsoft

@Karen_Barnett The feature has been rolling out in stages, and as of 8/20 is available to 100% of all eligible users! If you don't see it, please let us know and we'll work with you to understand why not. 

Occasional Visitor

@Mike Tholfsen Do you know when this will be available in A1 for education? We can see it in the online version, but not the actual installed version.

Microsoft

Hi @mnespolo , unfortunately the Similarity Checker in Word requires A3 or A5, as noted in the blog above. 

Occasional Visitor

@Mike Tholfsen everything I read in June says it would eventually be available for Home and Business, but no mention of it since. And I would have hoped it would eventually be in A1 as well. That's disappointing.

Microsoft

@mnespolo Home and Business are coming soon to subscription customers. :smile:

Occasional Visitor

@Michael_Heyns Should this be available to E5 at this point?  I am not able to locate this feature and our head of curriculum is very interested in having this available.

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