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Urkund's anti-plagiarism system

Urkund is a fully-automatic machine learning text-recognition system made for detecting, preventing and handling plagiarism, no matter which language you are writing in.

Our approach is based on the insights that educators need an easy and effective tool to trust. From our early days this has guided us in developing a system that is straightforward and accurate. Our users need to quickly be able to delve into any interesting findings while also avoid spending time on irrelevant false positives. The analysis report that is the result of each document submitted is intuitive and easy to get an overview with. Delve into the relevant details and review what sources have been retrieved for potential text matches. Below you see a snapshot of the report overview, you can also request a live sample report to tinker around in, or if you’d like some guidance you can schedule a demo with one of our sales representatives.

The Urkund Report Overview

How checking a document works in Urkund

01. Submission

The Urkund process starts when you submit a document to the system. This can either be via the schools’ existing learning platform or as simple as attaching it and sending it in an email. The system supports a wide variety of the most popular file formats, your standard word processors, as well as archives of several documents when emailed. The text is then extracted from the document and the processing begins no matter what language the text was written in.

02. Relevant sources are retrieved

The text is analysed and we begin to check for possible candidates for text similarity across our three source areas. Urkund singles out potential matching sources from our archives containing sources from the wider Internet, academically published material, and previously submitted student documents. Candidates for text similarity are studied in depth for similarities and any results are saved.

03. Machine learning powered analysis

When a document starts to display similarities to other sources, the basis for a report begins to take shape. We not only record the degree of the matches but take into account any usages of paraphrasing and synonyms as well as other form of substitutions. Our algorithms work regardless of language and are even able to detect similarities across a growing number of languages.

04. Report creation and delivery

When the process is finished, an analysis overview is generated and delivered to the teacher, either via the used learning platform, by email or through the web inbox. The results of the analysis are presented in a comprehensible report so that the teacher can make the final judgement if any plagiarism has occurred or not. Head over here to take a look at a sample report.

Our three 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.

Internet

Published material

Student material

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 big part 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 with its own coverage. On top of this, there is a huge amount of material on the Internet that cannot be found though using regular search engines. Urkund manage to find sources in all parts 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 an editorial strategy to cover scholarly journals and academic publications most relevant to you. We constantly work to evolve our publisher partnerships and to name a few we are working with Cengage, IEEE, Taylor & Francis, and Wiley.

It is also possible for clients to add their own sources, such as internal databases to the plagiarism checks. Please contact us for more information on this or if you’re interested in how our editorial committee works with publishers.

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.

Worth noting is that we make sure our customer, institutions and students, control what is indexed and not. You can even have a database of your own or shared with selected parter institutions or consortia.

The Urkund report explained

Now you know what to do in order to prevent plagiarism and you’ve seen our approach. So what are the benefits of going with Urkund over any other solution? Go forth and find out!