Plagiarism and Urkund

Urkund is an automatic text-recognition system made for detecting, preventing and handling plagiarism, regardless of language. Urkund can be used as an integrated tool in a learning platform or as a web service.

Teachers and examiners can control plagiarism through Urkund. The primary way to use Urkund is in the learning platforms at Umeå university. Activate Urkund in the settings for Submission (Cambro), Assignment (Moodle) or Assignment (Canvas).

Urkund can also be used as a web service where the students will send their assignments via e-mail. The teacher will handle the submissions via e-mail or directly in Urkund's web application. If you do not use a learning platform for teaching and examination this is your option.

As a teacher you can login to Urkund's web application using your Umu-id om Urkund's website. (Please note! When you login, you must choose Single Sign-on Login to be able to use your Umu-id.)

Log in to Urkund

About Urkund

Urkund is an automatic text-recognition system. The system cannot decide whether a text is plagiarism or not without a teacher or examiner looking at Urkund's report. Urkund compares the submission to other source areas. Matching sources can have different causes. That is why it is important that you, as a teacher, review the report. If it is plagiarism it is not automatically cheating. The teacher assesses if a plagiarism is an attempt at cheating. Read more under the headline Suspected plagiarism or cheating.

Suspected plagiarism or cheating

If you discover a suspected plagiarism (matching sources) in a submission reviewed by Urkund you need to assess if this could be an attempt to deceive during examination. 

Read more in Aurora about disciplinary measures

Webinar for Urkund

A webinar together with Urkund. The first half of the webinar will focus on what Urkund is and how it can be used in education. The second half of the webinar focuses on the Urkund integration in Canvas. The webinar is in Swedish.

Webinar October 22 at 10.00-12.00 (Zoom)

Register here


Do you need support? UPL offers daily support via Servicedesk for all learnings platforms, Zoom, Umu Play, Urkund and Mentimeter.

Link to Servicedesk

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