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.
Not all assignments require you to submit through LopesWrite. Be sure to check the assignment details to see what is required.
After you or any group member has uploaded an assignment to the Assignment page, but not final submitted (see Submitting Your Assignment To LoudCloud for directions on uploading the document(s)), you will be able to submit it through LopesWrite. Click on the blue Submit button to the right of Similarity Report. Once you have submitted the 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 up 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).
You are not able to manually submit to LopesWrite after final submitting an assignment. Any uploaded files in the drop box that were not submitted to LopesWrite will be automatically submitted to generate a citation report.
Quotes and bibliographies are excluded from the similarity index by default. If LopesWrite is including your bibliography/references page, see the errors section below for a solution.
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 to view your Citation Report. Any comments labeled as Faculty Feedback are comments made by your instructor.
Your instructor can only leave feedback on the LopesWrite report that is generated during the submission process. If you final submit a document to your instructor, then upload another document into the submission drop box and generate a LopesWrite report for it, your instructor will not be able to see the new document. They can only leave feedback on the file that is final submitted to them.
Additionally, if you delete a submission from the drop box after it has been final submitted, you will not be able to view any comments left by your instructor on that LopesWrite report. If you delete the submission on accident, we recommend reaching out to your instructor to see if they can provide a copy of the LopesWrite report with their feedback.
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 are attempting to submit an acceptable file type and the assignment details state you are required to submit to LopesWrite, but you do not have a submit button, please contact Technical Support to have LopesWrite enabled.
By default, LopesWrite should not check the references page of your paper for plagiarism. If you receive citation or plagiarism score on your references page, it is due to one of two reasons.
Reason 1: Your references section makes up more than 40% of your total paper. LopesWrite is intended to catch plagiarism, and if the majority of your paper text is after the references, it determines that this material should be checked. If you have a very long references section, or additional material like appendices after your references, we recommend reaching out to your instructor for guidance. They may ask you to submit those materials separately in order to get an accurate LopesWrite report. Technical Support does not recommend that you do this without speaking to your instructor first however, as certain formatting styles have requirements for appendices.
Reason 2: The title of your references page was not recognized by the LopesWrite system. To prevent this from happening, first, make sure that you separate your references page from the rest of your paper. Second, use either of the following words (not case sensitive) as the title of your references page:
- Reference page
- Reference list
- Works cited
Reason 3: The references page was auto generated using a software such as PERRLA, and contains content control boxes for the references. To fix this issue, copy and paste your paper into a blank document using the Keep Text Only paste option. This will fix the LopesWrite problem, but will require you to re-format your paper in the appropriate style (APA, MLA, etc.).
Some courses require you to download, edit, and submit a template from the course or the Student Success Center. Some of these templates show up blank in LopesWrite's Citation Report. If this happens, you'll need to save your completed template as a PDF. Please follow the following instructions for assistance with saving your Word document as a PDF.
Click File at the top left corner of your Word document.
In the menu on the left-hand side click Save As.
Choose the folder you want to save your file in.
Click the dropdown menu under your file's title.
Select PDF (*pdf) in the dropdown menu.
A PDF copy of your document is now saved to your computer. It may automatically open as a PDF after it's saved; please make sure to close out of it before submitting your assignment.
If the error message “We were unable to generate a report for this file. Please contact Technical Support for assistance” appears when trying to view the LopesWrite Citation Report, try the following steps:
- Take out any special characters in the name of the file.
- Check that the file type is compatible with LoudCloud. See the Invalid File Type Error in LoudCloud article for a list of acceptable file types.
- Copy and paste the contents of the file into a new file.
- Save the file as a PDF. See the Why does my work show up blank when I view the Citation Report? accordion for instructions on saving a file as a PDF.
If you notice LopesWrite is marking the quoted material in your assignment as plagiarism, please make sure the formatting is correct. If you need assistance with formatting, please reach out to the Library or visit the Student Success Center as GCU Technical Support can not assist with formatting.
If your formatting is correct, then your quoted material may make up 20% or more of your total document. If LopesWrite receives a document that is 20% or more quoted text, all document text is evaluated for originality. To fix this, try removing some of the quoted text, if possible.
If LopesWrite begins asking you to sign in when attempting to view your report, try to clear your cache and cookies. Once you clear your cache and cookies, you should be able to view your report without having to sign in. If you are still experiencing this issue after clearing your cache and cookies, please contact Technical Support.