Source areas

In order to prove that a piece of text has been plagiarised, finding the source is the greatest challenge. The original content that is plagiarised can be found in three different source areas: The Internet, published material and student material. The common denominator in all three categories is that they contain an immense and ever-increasing amount of source references, which makes it close to impossible for teachers to find it unaided.


The Internet contains billions of pages with various content; everything from material published by universities and colleges to government agency material, press articles, books, reference works and much more. There are also specific cheat sites online with ready-produced material.

A quantity of the material available on the Internet is only accessible through password-protected systems; hence, it cannot be located with the aid of an ordinary search engine. There is also a plethora of search engines, each of which with its own coverage. Furthermore, there is a huge amount of material on the Internet that cannot be found though using regular search engines. URKUND manage to find sources though all mentioned above.


Published material consists of hundreds of millions of books, reference works, scientific articles, and so forth. Some material is accessible electronically via specific databases, whilst other material can only be found in the printed format. URKUND has formed strategic partnerships with a number of leading information providers.

It is also possible for clients to add their own sources, such as internal databases to the plagiarism checks. Please contact URKUND for more information.


Plagiarism is, of course, also prevalent between students themselves. Examples of this are that a student may plagiarise material from someone who has previously studied the same courses, at the same or at another school, or that through means of close collaboration, two students may copy each other’s’ work prior to a submission. As a rule, such student material is generally not published. Consequently, it cannot be searched for on the Internet or in published material.