Dropbox Originality Check

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

Dropbox - Originality Check
Ouriginality Check is a text-matching software that is used to detect plagiarism. It compares dropbox submissions with sources from student assignments, journals, textbooks and websites for similarities.

Ouriginal (Urkund) was founded in 2000 and placed best overall for the combination of usability and coverage by a recently published report by the European Network for Academic Integrity; it has also recently 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

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

Training is 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 Ouriginal (Urkund) experts for strategies for discussing academic integrity and plagiarism with students. It has some great explanations and examples. Urkund also has a lot of its own resources.  Have a look at them in the Ouriginal Knowledge Hub.

Tool enhancements

Originality Check - Test Folder

Students can upload a document to the Student Induction space to obtain an originality check score indication before submitting it to the real dropbox in the unit they are taking. Staff also have this option in the VU Collaborate Essentials space.  When submitting an assignment in the dropbox in either of those spaces, your document will be deleted and not indexed by default. However, when viewing the Originality Report, there is an option to “Opt-out”, you mustn't select this option or the following option “Do not delete my document". This will make your submission matchable against itself when submitting to another dropbox. A 100% match back to your first submission could occur.


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