Originality Checker / Urkund

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Urkund is UCD’s originality/similarity checking or plagiarism prevention tool in Brightspace. Urkund means manuscript or document in Swedish. It is developed by Ouriginal.

We call it originality checking as Urkund compares text in student assignments with the text in documents in its archives to see if there are any matches. It is up to the lecturer to determine whether any such matches constitute plagiarism. The Urkund archive includes all UCD submissions (including those imported from SafeAssign), student submissions from other participating universities, material publicly available on the world wide web and a wide range of academic databases and journals.

You can view the status of Urkund here, this will have details of any current issues.

A recording of a UCD Urkund virtual training session can be viewed here.

Urkund provide a series of guides including an Analysis report quick start guide (new design).