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).

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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:


Allow Urkund to access student assignments in Brightspace:


On the Plagiarism Detection Overview screen, turn on originality checking for each assignment  using the slider. To allow students to view their originality reports prior to grading and feedback, enable Display Similarity Report to Students upon submission. 

Urkund Overview


A few minutes after the student has submitted their assignment, the originality/similarity score and a report listing any matching source documents will be available. Both lecturers and students see the same originality report. To view the report, select 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. The Urkund report opens with an analysis page which gives an overview of any text matches. They can then be viewed in detail and original sources identified.

Urkund View Report

The Urkund report opens with an analysis page which gives an overview of any text matches. They can then be viewed in detail and original sources identified.

Click on Matching Text to view the Findings and Sources tabs. Findings displays the matches one by one. By default, minor differences are highlighted and text in brackets and quotes is ignored. These settings can be changed, if desired. Optionally, the match can be excluded from the report. One or more sources for the match are listed beneath the matching text


Report findings matching text


The Sources tab lists the sources of all the matches with the percentage similarity. Sources are described as School Assignment (SA) - coming from UCD or another university, Website (W) or Journal (J). Alternative sources for each match are also available by selecting the down arrow, while links to the source document are available on the right. An alternative source may be selected as primary source, if desired.

Note for matches with UCD student assignments, the report includes a document id, anonymised student id and lecturer id. The file name of the matching document is also available on the down arrow.

If you think a source is missing, you can submit it for consideration to Urkund at the bottom of the page


Report Combined

Draft Submissions

Students can submit multiple drafts and a final version of the same assignment to the same lecturer, provided multiple submissions are enabled in Brightspace (the default). Urkund does NOT consider such submissions to be self-plagiarised.

Both students and lecturers can see the originality reports when the lecturer has enabled Display Similarity Report to Students upon submission.

Student Report

The student report is the same as the lecturer’s report. 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. NB: This should only be used where the submission has not previously been submitted to a Brightspace module.

Students can only submit documents to Urkund through Brightspace. Students cannot make direct submissions to Urkund.

File Formats

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

File names 

Urkund may reject files with accented or special characters e.g. "@:#$%^> in the file name. It is more rigorous than Brightspace in this respect. It is advisable to only use alphanumeric characters in the file name. Hyphen and underscore can also be used.

Submission Size

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


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