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.

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.

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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 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.

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.

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.