Originality Checker / Urkund

Urkund https://www.urkund.com/ is UCD’s originality/similarity checking or plagiarism prevention tool in Brightspace. Urkund means manuscript or document in Swedish. We call it originality checking as the determination of whether plagiarism has occurred is a matter for the lecturer’s judgement.

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When lecturers want to check the originality of student assignments, they turn on originality checking on the Brightspace Assessment menu as below:


 At this point you will be asked would you like to proceed. Click Continue. You can also select the box to say that you don't wish to see this question again.


Once you have selected Continue you will then move to the next screen and turn on Plagiarism Detection.



A few minutes after the student has submitted their assignment, the originality/similarity score and a report listing matching source documents will be available to the lecturer. To view these, the lecturer selects Originality Checker from the Assessment menu and choose Plagiarism Submission Details tab.



Click on the document name and choose View Report to see the originality/similarity/plagiarism report


or view the new look report.

Matching text is highlighted and the sources listed on the top right. The lecturer can deselect matches where appropriate. This adjusts the similarity score. Once they have viewed the originality report, lecturers choose Submission Feedback to give feedback and grade the assignment and then Publish the report.

Lecturers must publish the assignment before the student can view the originality report. They can publish the report without feedback and grading. Note that this is different from Safe Assign. They can grade and give feedback on subsequent student submissions.

The plagiarism report is always released to the student when an assignment is published. This cannot be turned off.

Draft Submissions

In Brightspace Assessment Properties, the default is to accept and keep multiple submissions. If lecturers want students to resubmit after the viewing the originality report, the lecturer must Publish the assignment on receipt of the originality report. There is no requirement to grade or give feedback at this point. On resubmission, the lecturer can give feedback, grade the assignment and then Update the published assignment so that students receive their feedback and grade.

Student Report

The student report is the same as the lecturer’s report. Students cannot adjust the similarity score. Students can choose to “Opt out” of adding the full text of a submission document to the URKUND database. However, the document will still be available for potential matches within UCD. 

Direct Submissions

Lecturers can make a direct submission to Urkund using their Sandbox. They can create an assignment and turn on originality checking. Then they switch to View as Student and submit their document.

File Formats

URKUND supports the following file formats: .doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx, .sxw, .ppt, .pptx, .pdf, .txt, .rtf, .html, .htm, .wps and .odt

Submission Size

Urkund will reject submissions of less than 20 words or less than 450 characters. It will accept files up to 100MB.

Journals & Databases Indexed

Urkund indexes a selection of academic databases and journals.

Process & Workflow

The process and workflow is described and illustrated in the handouts on Brightspace Grading and Assessment notices and workflows.