Using URKUND

The University of Tartu has purchased the licence of URKUND plagiarism detection software. With the help of URKUND it is possible to check the originality of written papers, i.e. compare them to texts in Estonian and English available on the internet and in different databases. The aim of URKUND is to prevent plagiarism and raise awareness of plagiarism.

URKUND compares uploaded texts to three types of sources – materials available on the internet, publications in databases available via the UT Library, and other student papers. When using URKUND it is important to understand that URKUND does not specify whether or not the text is plagiarised. As a result of text comparison, URKUND prepares a report showing to what extent the analysed text coincides with other texts (incl. properly cited quotes). The report also shows which parts of the text coincide with other texts.

Entering URKUND

To get the receiver address, enter URKUND with the UT user name and password at  https://secure.urkund.com/account/en-US/auth/login, choosing “University of Tartu” from the dropdown menu under Shibboleth Login.

 

 After entering URKUND and agreeing to conditions of use you will get the receiver address from the system.

Using URKUND by students

Students can send via e-mail their files directly to teachers analysis address. After receiving files in URKUND, plagiarism check will begin, and teacher can share the URKUND report with student.

Using URKUND Moodle plugin to analyse student papers

URKUND can be used by logging in to URKUND and uploading files for checking, as well as in Moodle. In Moodle, an URKUND plugin has been added, which enables to analyse files submitted by the learner by means of the Assignment, Forum and Workshop tool (supported file formats are: .doc, .docx, .sxw, .ppt, .pptx, .pdf, .txt, .rtf, .html, .htm, .wps, .odt and pages).

URKUND plugin settings can be added or changed under the settings of each Assignment, Forum and Workshop.

To do so, click at the respective tool Change settings and fill in the URKUND plugin part. Enable URKUND and enter the receiver address.

Analysing the papers

The file(s) submitted by learner through Moodle’s Assignment, Forum and Workshop tool is/are sent to URKUND for analysis and a confirmation is sent to the teacher (NB! The confirmation email may not come at once). The analysis result will be available in 24 hours (usually sooner) in Moodle on the submissions sheet of the respective Assignment/Forum/Workshop. Analysis result is shown on the submissions sheet of the assignment (similarity score is displayed) and by clicking the similarity score, the URKUND report can be opened:

 

The teacher can determine whether the similarity score and report are also shown to the learner and whether a respective email is sent to the learner.

NB! If you choose in the settings not to allow all file types, you have to select under File types to submit all file types you allow.

The student will definitely need the teacher’s help in interpreting the report. This is why we recommend using URKUND before final submission of the written paper and, if necessary, explaining the analysis results to the student. This guarantees that the author understands the weak points of the paper and will be able to correct them properly.

Should you have questions concerning the technical issues and/or problems of the URKUND plugin, please contact eope@ut.ee.

If you need help in interpreting the URKUND report and/or advising students in developing their academic communication skills, please contact AVOK (Centre for Academic Writing and Communication, djuddah.leijen@ut.ee or anni.jyrine@ut.ee).