Dropbox Originality Check

Match text from written assignments to text from worldwide sources with Urkund


Between November and 31 December 2020, Victoria University will transition from Turnitin to Urkund for the checking of originality in student’s assignment submissions.

The move will introduce a number of enhancements:

  • Author Metrics
  • Detection of paraphrasing
  • Optical Character Recognition (OCR) of text in images
  • Cross-language text matching
  • Detection of character/text manipulation to avoid detectionI
  • Better control of how University IP (i.e. student work) is used and who has access to it 

Past student work submitted to Turnitin will be transferred to Urkund so that they can continue be matched against. In addition to matching to past student work and the Internet, Urkund is integrated with publishers, including WILEY, Springer, CENGAGE, Elsevier, IEEE, Taylor & Francis Group, and Emerald Group. 

Urkund (founded in 2000) placed best overall for the combination of usability and coverage by a recently published report by the European Network for Academic Integrity and has just merged with its closest competitor (Plagscan): Foltýnek, T., Dlabolová, D., Anohina-Naumeca, A. et al. Testing of support tools for plagiarism detection. Int J Educ Technol High Educ 17, 46 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1186/s41239-020-00192-4

Training will be available through the training and support calendar and the VU Collaborate guides can be found below.

You can also look into this manual created by Urkund (Ouriginal) experts for strategies of discussing academic integrity and plagiarism with students. It has some great explanations and examples you may find useful. 

Urkund also have a lot of their own resources.  Have a look at them in the Urkund Knowledge Hub.


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