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Ouriginal (formerly called URKUND) in Canvas

Ouriginal is an external tool used for plagiarism control on assignments in Canvas and should be used by teachers and examiners when students submit text files in Canvas. Ouriginal is recommended to be used as an integrated tool in Canvas Assignments. You can see the result of the check directly in Grades or SpeedGrader in a similarity report.


Guide your students away from plagiarism

It is always better to get students to avoid plagiarism than to punish those who plagiarize, especially since many students do not know what plagiarism is in practice.

Remember to tell your students what plagiarism is and what the consequences may be. Feel free to share the page Cheating and plagiarism  with your students so they can read about how they can avoid it.

For more help guiding students away from plagiarism, Carl-Mikael Zetterling has held a Lunch & Learn webinar on the topic.

Ouriginal reviews, the teacher decides

Ouriginal produces potential matching sources from three archives, which contain sources from the Internet, academically published material and previously submitted student documents. Ouriginal not only records the degree of matching, but they also consider all uses of rephrasing and synonyms while searching for any other form of substitution.

The report from Ouriginal is just a tool, however. A high or low match does not determine anything; it is the teacher who is responsible to review the report from Ouriginal and decide if it is plagiarism or not. In cases where the student has tried to deceive Ouriginal with documents that look good to humans but are unreadable to computers, Ouriginal will mark it as misspelt. Always look through the entire report and review what has been found.

Which documents can/are eligible to be reviewed?

Only documents produced since KTH has had Ouriginal (2017 and onwards) may be reviewed. Note that the documents must be relevant to the course or education.

Ouriginal does not process documents containing less than 430 characters and 20 words. If a student has submitted a document that is too small in a Canvas assignment linked to Ouriginal, the student will receive an email from Ouriginal with information that the document has not been forwarded to the recipient. Teachers, however, see the student's submission as usual in Canvas but with information that Ouriginal is still working on the assignment. Ouriginal will not review the work, i.e., the review work will never be marked as finished in Canvas.

Create an assignment in Canvas with plagiarism control (Ouriginal)

When you create an Assignment in Canvas, you can activate the tool Ouriginal while filling in the assignment settings. The report from Ouriginal will then be available directly in Canvas. To activate Ouriginal:

  1. Go to Assignments in the course menu and open the Assignment where you want to activate Ouriginal in edit mode, or create a new assignment by clicking on the + Assignment button.
  2. Set submission type to "Online". The submission can be of the type "text entry" or "file uploads" as the plagiarism review is text-based. To see which file formats Ouriginal supports, see the question "What file formats do you support when submitting?" (  in their FAQ.
  3. Now the option Plagiarism Review should appear. Select Ouriginal from the drop-down menu.
  4. Choose whether you want the plagiarism review to be anonymous or not. Note: even if you made the assignment anonymous in Canvas, you must still check this option for the plagiarism review to be anonymous, and vice versa.
  5. Choose whether students' documents are to be saved at Ouriginal when they are sent in via the Assignment. The recommendation is that the documents are saved so that Ouriginal can use them to find plagiarism later.
  6. Choose if or when the students get to read the report. Important: all settings except "Never" allow the student to view the report, including viewing and downloading other sources (including other students' submissions) if there is a similarity. "Never" is the standard and recommended setting.
  7. Fill in the rest of the options for the assignment and save.

You can read more about assignments in Canvas on the page "The Assignment function in Canvas"

View report from Ouriginal

The report from Ouriginal can be viewed directly in Canvas, and you can access it either via SpeedGrader or the Gradebook.

Via SpeedGrader

  1. Open the desired assignment and enter SpeedGrader by clicking on the "SpeedGrader" button in the sidebar.
  2. Under "Submitted files" is the file the student has submitted, and in front of the file name you will either see a timer, if the report is not ready yet, or the "Similarity Score" in percent.
  3. Click on the percentage for the Similarity Score to open up the entire report.

Read more about SpeedGrader in Canvas .

Via the Gradebook

  1. Click on Grades in the course menu to get to the Gradebook and find the desired assignment.
  2. If a Similarity Score report from Ouriginal has been generated, there will be a red label next to the symbol for the student's submission.
  3. Click on the red label to open the full report.

Read more about the Gradebook in Canvas .

Using Ouriginal outside Canvas

In most cases it is most convenient for both students and teachers to use Ouriginal directly in Canvas as an addition to a Canvas assignment, since it creates a more uniform digital learning environment. There are a few exceptions, e.g. thesis courses, where it is reasonable for you as a teacher to use Ouriginal as a stand-alone outside of Canvas, using the Web Inbox feature.

To perform a plagiarism review of a document with the Ouriginal Web Inbox, please follow the steps listed below:

  1. Log in to the Web Inbox via Ouriginals log in page  by choosing your institution, i.e. ”Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan”.
  2. Create a folder for your activity (e.g. the master/bachelor thesis). You create a folder via ”+ create / upload” in the menu, and then ”Create Folder”.
  3. Open your newly created folder and upload the document to be checked for plagiarism. You upload the document via "+ create / upload" and then "Upload files".
  4. The document is now sent to be checked for plagiarism. Once the plagiarism control is finished you can see the report by clicking on the document in Ouriginals Web Inbox and then choosing the "Open Report" button.

An alternative to you as a teacher uploading the student's documents to Ouriginal is to ask the students to send an email with the document as an attachment to your analysis address at Ouriginal (the email adress which ends with ""). You and find your analysis address by logging in to Ouriginal and clicking your profile in the top right corner. The analysis adres is written directly below your name.

For more information, please refer to Ouriginals User Guide for Webinbox (PDF) .

Adjust the email settings for Ouriginal (both inside and outside Canvas)

Since you can read the report from Ouriginal directly in Canvas, you do not need to receive an email from Ouriginal when the report is complete. If you do not want to receive an email for every report that Ouriginal creates, you need to adjust the email settings on their old website, the new one does not have the email settings.

Note that the settings are applied both to submissions via the website and via Canvas.

If you choose not to receive emails and submit via Canvas, you can still read the report both via Canvas and via their website.

To change your Ouriginal email settings:

  1. Go to Ouriginal's old login page  and log in with your KTH user.
  2. Go to "settings". You will find the button on the same row as your email address.
  3. Verify that the box "Send report by email" is not checked.
  4. Click "update" to save your settings.
Screenshot settings at Ouriginal's website. The actions in the numbered list above are marked.

After completing these steps, you will no longer receive an email for each report.


If you know that there should be reports but none appear in the list, make sure you are looking at an email address that ends in "". If you have several e-mail addresses, you can click on the e-mail address and select another in the list that appears.

If you do not have an analysis address in the list, try logging out and logging in again.

If you still do not have an analysis address, it may be because you are not marked as a teacher at Ouriginal. Contact  to get help with being marked as a teacher at Ouriginal.

Interpret the report from Ouriginal

The following video is a webinar about Ouriginal (then called URKUND), in Swedish:

Read more in Ouriginal's tutorials . You as a teacher benefit the most from the Quick Start Guide.

Suspecting plagiarism?

If you discover possible plagiarism (text-matching) in an assignment that Ouriginal has reviewed you need to assess whether it may be an attempt of misleading during examination. There is a designated contact person at each school to assist in plagiarism cases and similar disciplinary offenses.

List of contacts and more information about disciplinary matters.

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