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Plagiarism and URKUND

You can use URKUND both as an integrated tool in Canvas, and outside Canvas, as a stand-alone web service. It is the teacher/supervisor's responsibility to carry out the checks. The students do not have access to URKUND:s plagiarism control.

URKUND via Canvas


Peter Witasp
Peter Witasp, URKUND

Plagiarism control via URKUND should be used by teachers and examiners. The primary way to use URKUND is via Canvas. Read more about URKUND in Canvas (external page, Canvas@KTH) .

Important: Only documents produced since KTH:s procurement of URKUND (2017 onwards) may be reviewed. Please note that the documents must be relevant in a course or educational situation.

Using URKUND outside Canvas

You can also use URKUND stand-alone web service. You who have a teacher or examiner role in Kopps can log in to URKUND directly with your KTH account. Go to URKUND startpage , click on "Login" and then select "Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan" in the list of universities. Direct link to URKUND login page (external page) .

Suspicions of plagiarism/cheating?

If you discover a suspected plagiarism (text matching) in a task that has been reviewed by URKUND, you need to make a judgment of whether it may deceptive conduct in examinations. For your help in plagiarism cases and similar disciplinary offenses, there is a designated contact person at each school.
List of contact persons and more information about report of disciplinary offence .

Plagiarism includes

  • copying text, images or diagrams from somebody else’s work without citing the source
  • reformulating the content of somebody else’s work without citing the source
  • translating word-for-word from another language without clearly indicating that it is a translation using somebody else’s text
  • changing a few words for synonyms even if the source is cited.

To keep in mind to avoid plagiarism


Quotations are the exact words of an author, copied directly from a source, word for word. Quotations must be cited.


Rephrasing the author, putting his or her own thoughts in your words. Like quotations, paraphrased material must be followed with in-text documentation and cited on your reference page.


Involves putting the main idea(s) of one or several writers into your own words, including only the main point(s). Again, it is necessary to attribute summarized ideas to their original sources.


When using media that includes the work and ideas of others (video, images, text, film, audio clips, etc.), a full citation is required. This may be accomplished by printing the citation on the object or in a written credit at the end of the presentation.

Guiding students away from plagiarism

Presenter: Professor Carl-Mikael Zetterling (EECS, KTH), Lunch 'n' Learn 2020-05-19. Language: English.

Are you worried that you may find plagiarized parts in your students' home work or open book exam? Do you want to help your students write better scientific texts? In this webinar you will be introduced to how to guide students away from plagiarism.

Go to the video for access to presentation material:
Video captioning in KTH Play with Reach (KTH Play) .


Do you need help with URKUND? Do you have questions about how you as a teacher can use the plagiarism tool in your course? Contact .