LopesWrite is an electronic grammar, spelling, and citation checker tool. Any assignments that are submitted to LopesWrite will generate a report with a similarity score. The similarity score is compiled by comparing the text of the assignment against a database of sources, including the internet, other student papers, and against one’s previously submitted work (self-plagiarism).
For additional citation tips and further explanation on academic integrity standards, check out the Academic Integrity section of the Student Success Center!
Not all assignments require you to submit through LopesWrite. Be sure to check the assignment details to see what is required.
If the file you uploaded is a PowerPoint (.pptx/.ppt) and the LopesWrite submission option is not visible, try refreshing the screen. If a LopesWrite report is required for the assignment, the submit button will appear.
After you have uploaded your assignment to the Assignment page but not final submitted (see Submitting Your Assignment To LoudCloud for directions on uploading documents), you will be able to submit it through LopesWrite. Click on the blue Submit below the document you uploaded, to the right of Similarity Report. Once you have submitted your file to LopesWrite, the status will change to an orange Submit.
After submitting your assignment to LopesWrite, refresh your page to view the report. It may take 15 minutes to an hour for the report to generate. Once the report is ready, the percentage will be visible beneath the document. You can click on View Details to see more detailed results.
After opening the LopesWrite report, you will be able to view your submitted assignment. A summary toolbar will be visible across the top of the report, with a color-coded markup of the paper and corresponding expandable grammar and citation notifications in the right margin.
The summary toolbar contains the following categories in order:
- Word Count – This displays total word count of the submitted document.
- Similarity Score – Indicates the percentage of similarity between words appearing outside of quotations marks in the submitted document and other internet and/or institution sources. You can expand the Similarity Score field by clicking on the arrow to display a more detailed breakdown of what percentage of content corresponds to which source type. If the same content matches both internet and institution sources, these scores may add up to a higher number than the total Similarity Score.
- Quoted Text – Reflects the percentage of words that appear within quotation marks (“”), in relation to the total number of words in the submitted document. Quoted content will not be included as part of the Similarity Score.
- Citation Items – Specifies the total number of unique internet and institution sources detected within the submitted document. Any Citation Item notifications will appear in the right margin (with corresponding color-coded highlights over the document), and are indicated as follows:
- Web Content – Internet Source
- Student – Institution Source
- Self – Institution Source
- Grammar Items – Shows the total number of possible spelling and/or grammar errors detected within the submitted document. Possible errors may include, but are not limited to: spelling mistakes, punctuation errors, agreement errors, passive voice, grammatical problems, and possible bad style. Click on the arrow to expand the comment further.
- Settings – Inside the Settings, you can control which citation and grammar notifications are visible (by toggling the purple switch). Please note, these settings only change what is displayed, not what is checked.
- Download – Generates a PDF version of the LopesWrite report that can be opened, saved, and printed.
NOTE Any content removed from the report view using Settings will not appear on the downloaded document.
The initial assignment submission to LopesWrite typically returns a report within 15 minutes but can take up to an hour. Additional submissions after this point may not return results for a full 24 hours so as not to pull information from a previous draft. It is always best to create and submit your work a day or two in advance to give the system time to generate a report fully.
Most assignments are due on Wednesday nights for graduate students and Sunday nights for undergraduate students. LopesWrite checks documents in the order that they were submitted, and since there are many submissions occurring at once, reports typically take longer to populate on these days. Submitting the same document multiple times to generate a report faster will not work, as this just backs up the system more for yourself and other students. We recommend waiting for the initial report to return.
If it is close to midnight and your report has not generated, you may choose to submit the assignment to your instructor anyway. Doing so carries the risk of a high similarity report however, so we recommend waiting for the report if possible.
The best practice is to submit to LopesWrite early. This ensures that you have time to adjust your paper if the report comes back with high similarity.
The acceptable file types to submit to LopesWrite through your classroom are .pdf, .docx/.doc, .txt, and .pptx/.ppt. You will not be able to submit other file types such as word documents that are saved as templates (.dot/.dotx). If you do not have the option to submit to LopesWrite, it is likely that you are trying to submit a file type that is not accepted.
LopesWrite has a maximum character limit of 300,000, which is about 40,000 words or 150 pages. If your paper exceeds the maximum character limit, you will need to split up your paper to submit to LopesWrite.
LopesWrite can only read text. If there is text in an image, such as a scanned document, it will not be able to read any text in the image. LopesWrite might be able to read parts of charts depending on if the chart is an image or created within a word processor (such as Microsoft Word).
No, you cannot submit to the Citation Report system after final submitting an assignment. Final submitting locks the assignment from editing and does not allow for any changes to be made to the document.
Instructors are able to submit assignments for a Citation Report from within their gradebook by clicking the Submit button under the Citation Report section; however, they are not required to do so.
Quotes and bibliographies are excluded from the similarity index by default.
Instructors are permitted to indicate that a different percentage is required for an assignment. For example, if the assignment instructions state that the citation report should be less than 20%, the instructor can indicate that they expect less than 15% instead.
Please reach out to your instructor if you have any questions on what their expectations are for an assignment. Technical Support does not have the ability to change what percentages are required. If you have any concerns regarding citation reports after speaking with your instructor, please reach out to your student services counselor (SSC) as the next point of contact.
Please work with your instructor to achieve an acceptable citation report percentage. Technical Support and the Library cannot assist you with lowering your score, though Technical Support can provide support on basic navigation and functionality.
Turnitin is the citation checker that was in use before LopesWrite was created. The University is no longer using Turnitin. However, if you see Turnitin on assignment details or documents found within your classroom, please contact Technical Support so the materials can be updated.
Your instructor has the ability to leave comments on your Citation Report. Select View Details next to Similarity Score o view your Citation Report. Any comments labeled as Faculty Feedback are comments made by your instructor.
If the submit button does not appear, it is likely because the assignment does not require a submission to LopesWrite. Keep in mind, it will also not appear if you attempt to upload a file type that is incompatible with LopesWrite.
For example, if the assignment requires you to turn in a Word document (.doc/.docx), but you attempt to turn in an Excel spreadsheet instead (.xls), you will not be able to submit. If you feel that you should be able to submit to LopesWrite and are using an acceptable file, yet still don't have the submit option, please contact Technical Support.