Plagiarism and URKUND

Plagiarism means using somebody else’s work without stating the name of the original author or where the information came from. URKUND is text comparison tool used at KTH and can be used by all teachers and researchers to find the simplest form of plagiarism.


You can use URKUND both as a stand-alone web-based service, and as an integrated tool in our LMS (Learning Management system) Canvas. Note that students will not have access to URKUND. It is the teacher / supervisor's responsibility to carry out the checks.

Urkund in Canvas have been upgraded to simplify usage and assure continued support from the supplier. Ongoing assignments with activated similarity detection don’t need to be reconfigured but new assignments, eg. for courses with start HT18 needs to use the new version: Guide for creating assingment with Urkund 2.0.

Manuals on how to use URKUND 2.0 with Canvas

URKUND 2.0 Manual. (pdf 735 kB)

Manual on how to use URKUND old version with Canvas (please upgrade to 2.0 as soon as possible)

Using Urkund, old version in Canvas@KTH

Using URKUND outside Canvas

Do you want to use URKUND plagiarism control outside the LMS (Canvas) and via e-mail? First you need an account in URKUND, and then you can easily start uploading and reviewing texts. You can get an account by sending an e-mail to Please add information on: Teachers name and KTH email adress. You can also order an account for your colleagues, just add the teachers name and KTH email address. An KTH email adress account is a prerequisite for receiving an URKUND account.

Plagiarism is serious and is viewed as a breach of good academic practice. Cases of suspected plagiarism may be taken up by the Disciplinary Committee and, in a worst case scenario, result in suspension from your studies. Students can read this page on Plagarism

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

Here is more information on how to avoid Plagarism:

  • Quoting - Quotations are the exact words of an author, copied directly from a source, word for word. Quotations must be cited!
  • Paraphrasing - 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
  • Summmarizing - 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.
  • Copyright - 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.

Read more about URKUND in the "Canvas at KTH-course" where you find guides, manuals and more about how to use Canvas. You also find more information, guides and videos on URKUND-website.

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